Lean on Me

My friend gave me some good advice.  She told me to lean in, feel the wind on my face, and live life fully.  She also said, “You can have it all.” 

I wondered.  What does it mean to have it all? 

But, then, my friend fell.  I asked her to lean on me, and we would walk through the storm in her life together.  When she rebuffed my offer, it was my turn to give her some advice.  “To have it all means to lean in as you live with a willingness to lean on someone else when in need.”

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I’m feeling kind of philosophical, especially given the current state of the world.  One of my all-time favorite songs is “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers.  When I saw the photo, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  Click here if you’d like to listen to this song.  Here’s another one, “Stand by Me,” a tune by Ben E. King.  Click here for another version which is sung by a wonderful group of artists. 

And, remember, we all need someone to lean on sometimes!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my story which is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story.  The photo this week was provided by Anne Higa.

If you would like to join in and write your own story, or if you would like read the stories of others from this week, visit here.

Stay safe, stay well!

36 Comments Add yours

  1. trishsplace says:

    Thank you for sharing your positive feeling 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the sentiment. Thanks so much, Trish!

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    True strength is the ability to show weakness

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    1. You are right. It shows strength to ask for help sometimes. Thanks, Neil!

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Wise words Brenda, we all need some level of support and can’t do it all on our own. As you say, in the world today, more so than ever.

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    1. The world is a chaotic upside down place and we need each other to hang on. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Iain!

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    Great message and great choice of songs. I like the whole world standing by each other in the second video (haven’t seen that version).

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and the songs. That makes me happy. Thanks, Trent, for letting me know! 🙂

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  5. Bear says:

    Whenever I’m truly down, I start to sing “Lean on me”… and in my head I hear the voice of one of the firefighter “dad’s” from my youth and it helps a little. He was one of those people who was there when you needed him… just instinctively.

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    1. Aw, it’s so nice to have a face that comes to mind when you are struggling to encourage and bolster you. Thank you for letting me know, Bear. I hope you are doing well!

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      1. Bear says:

        We are. Hubby is laid off as of 11th, but not all bad. The same day they laid him off he turned in resignation and starts new job on 14th. Only a weekend between jobs.

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  6. Bill says:

    Indeed, asking for help or even admitting it’s needed is challenging. Nicely done.

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    1. Very true. Being vulnerable with each other and accepting help is difficult, but it makes us stronger people. Thanks, Bill, for your thoughtful comment!

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  7. plaridel says:

    great point. it’s something to think about.

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    1. I’m so glad I gave you something to think about. 🙂 Thank you for letting me know and for your kind comment, Plaridel!

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  8. draliman says:

    We all need to find the strength to ask for help sometimes.

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    1. We certainly do! It’s one of the hardest things. I’m sorry for the delay in responding, Ali. 🙂

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  9. Greetings Brenda,
    I feel your positive vibes in your words this week.
    We all need to have someone we can lean on whether
    its in times of trouble or in happy moments. During these
    horrific times right now people are in need of someone to lean on.
    Great write this week … have a good weekend
    Isadora 😎
    PS … I see you have a great mind, thinking like me outside the box.😀🙏

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments, Isadora! I’m sorry for not responding until now as I’ve been in the middle of a move. Hope you are well! 🙂

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      1. No worries, Brenda. The bloggers are here for when you can participate. After all, life needs to be lived. And, you welcome. Happy Move !!! 😀

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  10. Dear Brenda,

    We do all need someone to lean on. Lucky is the person who has a good support system. Well done. I appreciate a writer who doesn’t go with the obvious. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks so much, Rochelle, for your encouraging comments. So sorry for the delay in responding. My husband and I were in the middle of a big move. Take care! 🙂

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  11. Dale says:

    Beautifully done, Brenda. It is the hardest thing to lean on someone when you are usually the one who is leaned on…

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    1. Sorry for the delay in responding, Dale. It is very true that it’s difficult to ask for help from time to time. Take care! 🙂

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      1. Dale says:

        No worries!!
        Have a great day!

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  12. Ann Coleman says:

    That is so true…we all have to lean on someone sometime!

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    1. Thanks so much for your nice comments, Ann! My husband and I left Hong Kong and are now in Spain. Oy! A dreadful time to travel but we are doing well and that’s why it took a long time to respond to your comment. 🙂 I hope you are well!

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  13. Laurie Bell says:

    Wow, this was deeply emotional
    Lean in and live life fully
    Lean on me
    You did a great job with this one.

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie, for that really nice comment. You made me smile! I’m sorry for the delay in responding. Take care! 🙂

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  14. Margaret says:

    I like where you went with this. It’s an interesting perspective on the prompt, and your characters and dialogue illustrate the philosophy very well.

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    1. It’s so nice of you to say, Margaret! Thanks so much. I’m sorry for the delay in responding, as, well, life got in the way. (haha) Take care!

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  15. michael1148humphris says:

    What a great response to the prompt. I have always liked the songs

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    1. Thanks so much, Michael, for your kind comment. I continue to listen to the songs and find encouragement from them. I hope you are well! 🙂

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  16. msjadeli says:

    Wiser words were never spoken. Here’s another lean on song for your playlist:

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    1. That was a very nice comment, Lisa. Thanks so much! I forgot about the song you included. That’s a good one of course. I’m sorry for my delay in responding. My husband and I were in the middle of a move. Take care!

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome, Brenda 🙂

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