The Words to the Song in Your Heart…

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. (Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl, www.beingtrulypresent.com)If you have read my blog before, you know I am a wee-bit of a quote junkie. I love how a snippet of wisdom can resonate so deeply it echoes for days.

I found one such quote, after finishing the drawing of the two friends walking: “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” (Donna Roberts)

Take a moment to let the waves of those words wash over you.

Do you know what the song in your heart is? What fills you with joy?  What keeps you moving forward, even when rocks are strewn across your path? Those “Yesss!” moments when you are filled with such passion and purpose your head spins. That certain-something that allows your soul to sing and enables you to feel the sun, even on the cloudiest of days.

What about when the pushes and pulls of life become so loud, they drown out the song of your heart? When old skeletons rise up, and you get distracted by the tune of their rattling and banging: do you reach out to someone? Do you let a trusted friend in, so they can “sing the words back to you”?

I know for myself, some days I can only sing the chorus of my heart-song while other days I feel like a full orchestra. Some days I have the courage to live my song, other days I get so focused on all the words I do not know, that I lose the melody. But through it all, there has been one constant in my life: friends to sing with.

Friends that are there for me whether I am stumbling and bumbling around in darkness or shining my light at full wattage. Friends that I can laugh, cry and sit in silence with. Friends who know me well enough to hum a few bars, when I lose my place. Friends who trust me with their song, who sing harmony with me, and I with them. Friends who, together, we have discovered new verses to our songs.

Friends for whom I feel truly blessed to have in my life.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchill

“No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.” — Francois Mocuriac

“Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter.” — James Fenimore Cooper

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” — Ed Cunningham

“Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.” — Marian Anderson

“Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” — Goethe

6 Responses to “The Words to the Song in Your Heart…”

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  1. Friends are people who will stand with you when the chips are down. Great post Diane.

  2. This is truly beautiful. My favorite is a Bach quote regarding family which speaks to me of close friends. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. – Bach. You write such inspiring words. I can only hope my fiction shall do the same. :)

  3. Jan says:

    I’m always surprised and elated when friends I haven’t seen for a while will come forward to support me when I need them. They say you have to be in constant contact with friends but I’ve found that time doesn’t really matter if you’ve shared the genuine you with someone. Lovely blog!

  4. Kim says:

    Your blog evokes a range of thoughts and emotions in me. I am one of those people who, in reality, don’t have really close friends. My relationships are more like close acquaintances so when I read your blog, my first reaction was to think: “There’s something wrong with me because I don’t have friends ‘who know the song in my heart’ “. Hot on the heels of that came a reassuring inner voice that reminded me that all I really need, I have within myself. I am my own confidant, cheerleader; I am my own best friend. I don’t mean to minimize the benefits of close friendships, but I do want other readers who may react as I did to know that they are not alone. I came across this blog which I will use to explore in more depth why I don’t have close friends, in case I’m not being honest with myself (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-friendship-doctor/201105/why-would-someone-have-no-friends). I can relate to the woman writing in for advice and from the response I can identify a number of factors that brought me to where I am.