Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don’t be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
’cause I’ve seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You don’t know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less
Those are some of the Shakira lyrics from her song, I’ll Stand By You. One of the main things we all want in our life is to know that no matter what we do, some one will be standing by for us. I think it is a Universal desire.
Most of the time we look to our family to be there standing by for us. Other times it is a good friend. I think we all know someone who always seems to be there whenever someone else needs a little extra attention. I think there must be a special place in heaven for those people.
The main reason I decided to be a recording artist was not just for the fame or fortune, but it was also to have the opportunity to be able to help out others – to stand by them, if you will, in a time of need. I think part of the responsibility for those of us in the limelight is to be there for others.
It is so easy to get self-absorbed in our own muckery that we sometimes forget to be ready and able to “standy by” others in their time of need. I know whenever I am able to be there for others in the middle of their muckery meltdown, there is always a good feeling for me at the end of it. But alas, The Greek Girl is not perfect (huge shocker, huh?) and sometimes I am not there for others as much as I want to be.
Whenever I am watching The Biggest Loser and now A & E’s Heavy I can’t help but think of Shakira’s song. Trainers Jillian and Bob are basically telling the contestants who are trying to lose weight to lean on them. They know its hard work, but they want to make sure that those people know that when times get tough, they will be there to help pick them up. It’s why I love those shows. The message is right in line with what is in my noggin, to be there to help others.
Maybe that is why I am also such a huge dog lover. Dogs seem to have the “stand by you” gene built into their doggie DNA. Cats, not so much. Cats, for what ever reasons seem to be totally opposite in this department. Sure they can be affectionate – when they want too. And yes, cats can cheer you up –when they want too. Everything they do is on their own time schedule. Living with a cat is like constantly walking on egg shells – because you really don’t know what type of mood they are in. They don’t operate on people time, they work on CPT (Cat People Time). That is so annoying. I guess you can surmise that I don’t have any cats and that I don’t really see eye to whiskers with cats. Note to Cat People: PLEASE NO HATE MAIL. I do like cats…but not as much as I love dogs – just sayin’. And don’t even get me started about rabbits.
So I am putting a challenge to everyone out there to lace up your sneakers and go out and be there for someone who needs a helping hand. Not only is it the right thing to do – but it’ll make you feel like a million bucks! Hello Mr. Bricks are you reading this??