Just Remember I Care

caring koala with baby

When you think you’re alone
In the middle of the night,
When you’ve just had an awful dream
And you’re shivering with fright,
You lie there alone and scared
And wonder if anyone cares.

If you look into your heart
You’ll always find Me there.

Sometimes life is just too hard
And you need to get away.
You need someone to talk to
Who will listen to what you say,
Someone who will let you know
That they’ll always be there.

When you can’t find anyone
Just remember I care.

When there is nowhere else to go
You can always come to Me
I promise that I’ll be there
In your greatest hour of need.
I’m sure you can find Me
If you take the time for prayer.

When the whole world seems to hate you
Just remember I care.

just remember i care

TRAVEL Guide To Relationships

If you want more closeness.
If you desire deeper and broader relationships.
And a more meaningful and longer-lasting life,
Remember the word T-R-A-V-E-L.

winding mountain road
T is for TRUST
Trust is the glue that holds people together. A relationship will go nowhere without it.

R is for RESPECT
Respect others and let them know that you value them. As Anna Cummins writes, “Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.”

A is for AFFECTION
Sometimes affection means love. Sometimes it means a touch. It always means kindness.

V is for VULNERABILITY
Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Jim Rohn says, “The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.”

E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY
Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. The kinds of relationships you make are determined by how openly you communicate with others.

L is for LAUGHTER
Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

For relationships that can really go somewhere,
remember the word T-R-A-V-E-L.

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Elephant and Dog – A Jakata Tale

One of the ancient Jakata Tales as retold by Ellen C. Babbitt.

The Elephant And The Dog Fable

ONCE upon a time a Dog used to go into the stable where the king’s Elephant lived. At first the Dog went there to get the food that was left after the Elephant had finished eating.

Day after day the Dog went to the stable, waiting around for bits to eat. But by and by the Elephant and the Dog came to be great friends. Then the Elephant began to share his food with the Dog, and they ate together. When the Elephant slept, his friend the Dog slept beside him. When the Elephant felt like playing, he would catch the Dog in his trunk and swing him to and fro. Neither the Dog nor the Elephant was quite happy unless the other was near-by.

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Farmer Separates Dog From Elephant

One day a farmer saw the Dog and said to the Elephant keeper: “I will buy that Dog. He looks good tempered, and I see that he is smart. How much do you want for the Dog?”

The Elephant keeper did not care for the Dog, and he did want some money just then. So he asked a fair price, and the farmer paid it and took the Dog away to the country.

The king’s Elephant missed the Dog and did not care to eat when his friend was not there to share the food. When the time came for the Elephant to bathe, he would not bathe. The next day again the Elephant would not eat, and he would not bathe. The third day, when the Elephant would neither eat nor bathe, the king was told about it.

The king sent for his chief servant, saying, “Go to the stable and find out why the Elephant is acting in this way.”

Sad Elephant Dog Jakata Tale

Elephant Sad Without Best Friend

The chief servant went to the stable and looked the Elephant all over. Then he said to the Elephant keeper: “There seems to be nothing the matter with this Elephant’s body, but why does he look so sad? Has he lost a playmate?”

“Yes,” said the keeper, “there was a Dog who ate and slept and played with the Elephant. The Dog went away three days ago.”

“Do you know where the Dog is now?” asked the chief servant.

“No, I do not,” said the keeper.

Then the chief servant went back to the king and said. “The Elephant is not sick, but he is lonely without his friend, the Dog.”

“Where is the Dog?” asked the king.

“A farmer took him away, so the Elephant keeper says,” said the chief servant. “No one knows where the farmer lives.”

“Very well,” said the king. “I will send word all over the country, asking the man who bought this Dog to turn him loose. I will give him back as much as he paid for the Dog.”

Happy Elephant Dog Jakata Tale

Elephant Happy Again

When the farmer who had bought the Dog heard this, he turned him loose. The Dog ran back as fast as ever he could go to the Elephant’s stable. The Elephant was so glad to see the Dog that he picked him up with his trunk and put him on his head. Then he put him down again.

When the Elephant keeper brought food, the Elephant watched the Dog as he ate, and then took his own food.

All the rest of their lives the Elephant and the Dog lived together in happiness.

Our stage of friendship changes over the years

stages of friendship

First stage of friendship

In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who let you have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.

In first grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the bathroom with you and held your hand as you walked through the
scary halls.

In second grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you stand up to the class bully.

In third grade your idea of a good friend was the person who shared their lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus.

In fourth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who was willing to switch square dancing partners in gym so you wouldn’t have to be stuck dancing with the dork of the class.

In fifth grade your idea of a friend was the person who saved a seat on the back of the bus for you.

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Next stage of friendship

In sixth grade your idea of a friend was the person who went up to your new crush, and asked them to dance with you, so that if they said no you wouldn’t have to be embarrassed.

In seventh grade your idea of a friend was the person who let you copy the social studies homework from the night before that you had forgotten about.

In eighth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pack up your stuffed animals and old baseball cards so that your room would be a “high schooler’s” room, but didn’t laugh at you when you finished and broke out into tears.

In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went with you to that “cool” party thrown by a senior so you wouldn’t wind up being the only freshman there.

In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch.

teen friends

Teen stage of friendship

In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who gave you rides in their new car, convinced your parents that you shouldn’t be grounded, consoled you when you broke up with your significant other and found you a date to the prom.

In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pick out a college, assured you that you would get into that college, helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time adjusting to the idea of letting you go.

At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying on the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they congratulated you.

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After school stage of friendship

  • Helped you clean up from that party.
  • Helped you sneak out of the house when you just couldn’t deal with your parents.
  • Assured you that now that your significant other were back together, you could make it through anything.
  • Helped you pack up for college and just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories you were leaving behind.
  • And finally on those last days of childhood, went out of their way to come over and send you off with a hug, a lot of memories and reassurance that you would make it in college as well as you had these past 18 years.
  • But most importantly sent you off to college knowing you were loved.

forever friends

Now your stage of friendship is the person who

  • Gives you the better of the two choices.
  • Holds your hand when you’re scared.
  • Helps you fight off those who try to take advantage of you.
  • Thinks of you at times when you are not there.
  • Reminds you of what you have forgotten.
  • Helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer.
  • Stays with you so that you have confidence.
  • Goes out of their way to make time for you.
  • Helps you clear up your mistakes.
  • Helps you deal with pressure from others.
  • Smiles for you when they are sad.
  • Helps you become a better person.
  • However most importantly loves you!

Sharon Ogden, Kentucky