I found myself watching The Jungle Book on television tonight. The original cartoon and not any of the remakes. It has a number of important messages in it that as a child I am sure I missed. The most important one for me is the need to know who your friends are and to be aware of those who distract you or take you down the wrong path.
Mowgli wants to find the way to stay in the jungle but keeps getting taken the wrong way by a whole range of creatures. He doesn’t see the hidden agenda that many have and can’t see how the few are trying to help him. It is so easy for all of us to get caught in that position both at work and at home.
Good friends are important, well more than that they are vital. They are the people we trust the most and we listen to what they say when they give us advice. They are the people who step in to support us when we are struggling. They are the people who keep in touch no matter what happens.
Everyone faces those people who try to distract us, they may be jealous or they may just be negative which can rub off on us. These are the people who don’t want to see us succeed, they put barriers in our way physically or mentally, and they damage our confidence. If we let them into our lives they can create chaos and leave us damaged. But sometimes they are not easy to spot among the others, and yet if you watch them they will give themselves away.
The film includes the vultures singing about friendship which sums up the situation for all of us. We all need those vultures that will be with us no matter what happens, will say what we need to hear rather than what we want to hear, and give us a helping hand when we need it.