Lean on Me

Went to a wedding celebration of some close family friends the other day. As part of the ceremony they had everyone sing “lean on Me” by Bill Withers. It’s a beautiful and moving song, especially if you pay attention to the lyrics. Here are some excerpts:

Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain, we all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on

You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on

One of the great things we can do is be there for someone when they are suffering — whether it is physical or emotional pain, stress, mental anguish, or…

I know it has meant a great deal to me when people have helped support me through tough times. Sometimes it is hard to deal with what you are facing. This song says something that is very, very important — seek help when you need it.

The world lost a great person and comedian recently. We really don’t know what was going through Robin William’s mind, but in hind-sight, one wishes he had called upon someone who would have been more than willing to offer their support when he was in despair: wife, children, friends, etc.

Sometimes we do feel we are alone; but rarely is that the case. There are a great many people out there in the real world who do care about others. If you are sad, lonely, fighting something you just can’t handle, reach out. Please, reach out. Even if its a stranger, most people will help.

If you find you can be a person, that person, whenever the moment presents itself, to reach out to someone in pain, make the effort. You and they will be glad you did.

A thousand blessings to you for doing so.

Joe Koob

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