Recently I was sent a wonderful film of a friendship that develops between a dog and an Orangutan. I love the way that both animals find a way of relating to each other that really serves them both.

In a way, all relationships ‘serve us’, though at the time it may not be apparent!  Our ‘enemies’, or people we ‘clash’ with, can teach us some of our  biggest lessons, and in hindsight, be a real gift.

For me,  a real friend is someone  who accepts me for who I am, and encourages me to grow and develop in a way that serves my higher good.

I remember a song from years ago, that was written by James Taylor, called ‘You’ve got a Friend’.  I always enjoyed hearing it and found some comfort in the song, but to be honest, I didn’t really pay much attention to the lyrics.  Today, out of curiosity, I decided to look them up.

When your 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.
You just call out my name,
And you know whereever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
To see you again.
Winter, spring , summer, or fall,
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a freind.
If the sky above you
Should turn dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
And soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, Spring, summer or fall
All you got to do is call
And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them.
You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Oh babe, don’t you know that,
Winter Spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.

I’m not sure I appreciate, or agree with, all of the words; but one things for sure, it really is good to know that ‘you’ve got a friend’,  isn’t it?

Imagine what it would be like to be your own best friend:  accepting yourself  for who you are and encouraging  yourself to grow and develop, in a way that serves your higher good. I’ll leave you to think about that, as you watch this delightful film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QByHat2BJLs

Speak soon ….