by Julie on March 21, 2010

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.

Speak soon ….

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B @ logos coaching March 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

I always love that song when I hear it. Your last bit of the post reminds me of the Oscar Wilde quote ~ To love oneself is the beginning of a life long love affair

Debba / Girlfriendology April 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Hi Julie – Love your blog and this article on friendship. (Something near and dear to my heart!) And I agree with the need to be your own best friend.

Thanks for the Twitter introduction! I’d love a guest blog for Just email me.

Thanks and have a fun, friend-filled day! Debba / Girlfriendology

bodyhacker May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Thank you so much for sharing the video (it was just adorable)!

Also thank you for reminding me of the James Taylor song ‘You’ve got a Friend’ – I love this song and it made me stop and take a minute to think about all of the people in my life that make a difference! Days seem to go by so quickly and life appears to be on autopilot although it’s great to be reminded of all of the people that you love and care about in your life.

Now I can’t wait to send a quick note to all of them to let them know how important they are to me. Thanks so much for reminding me to take the time and reminisce about my dear friends and loved ones.

If you like we have some articles on our blog about laughter and smiling – there’s some interesting little facts and also how important both of them are in one’s life to keep you healthy.

Have a great day!
Take care,

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