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“You’ve Got a Friend”

June 2, 2011

We know we can find the strength to continue our climb by continually reminding ourselves that we have a purpose. We matter because others depend on us to fulfill that purpose. We should remind ourselves of this at least every morning as we wake up being grateful. Yet there are times when our struggle may at least momentarily feel overwhelming and saying it to ourselves isn’t enough. That’s when we also need to hear it from someone else. If this is or has been true for you, then you know it must be true for others. We don’t know the pain that another, the person next to you in a Spinning class or even a friend may be feeling. Sing “Don’t let my glad expression give you the wrong impression ‘cause really I’m sad, oh I’m sadder than sad” from “Tears of a Clown”, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. With a listening heart we can be a friend even to someone we don’t know. An expression as simple as a smile may remind someone that they matter. Sing “When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights” from “You’ve Got a Friend’ by Carole King (or James Taylor).

“A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails’. — Unknown

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