“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
We build friendships. We build trust. We build a tribe and work together towards a common goal.
Sunday’s Grammy Awards had some beautiful moments. For me it was Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes and the duet by Carole King and Sara Bareilles.
There was wonderful thread going through those songs. They’re all about encouraging, supporting and loving our friends.
The acceptance speeches if anything should prove that. A lot of people need to come together to make the music come together. The ones performing have earned the acknowledgement and it’s so beautiful to see them thank the people that’ve helped them get there.
We should all feel lucky to have the friends and relationships we do. How would we fare without them?
I like the thought of an actual friend-ship. When times are tough and the seas are raging we rally to weather the storm. When the seas are calm we sing together and share the joy.
We should choose who we work with on the same criteria.
If we choose them because of their money, contacts or influence we’re on thin ice. If they choose us because of our potential to make money, because they think they can change us or to use us in any fashion then we’re not good for them and they’re not good for us.
They should choose us because they like us and believe in us. And you should choose them because you like them and believe in them as well. We don’t have to agree on everything but we should stand side by side for the same cause.
Sometimes we might not see the true value of other people. I’m reminded of one of Aesop’s fables about the Lion and the Mouse:
“Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.
‘Pardon, O King,’ cried the little Mouse: ‘forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?’
The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go.
Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on.
Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts.
‘Was I not right?’ said the little Mouse.”
Even if you may not be convinced by a person ability to help you at the time, be kind. It might just save your life.
Mushy quotes about friendship!
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In a relationship each person should support the other; they should lift each other up.” – Taylor Swift
“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” – Epicurus
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil
“Love is a friendship set to music.” – Joseph Campbell