According to the Beatles, “All You Need is LOVE“…personally, I couldn’t agree more.
There’s so much to write about LOVE that I couldn’t possibly condense my thoughts to one article, so I decided to share a recent revelation I had.
I’ll start by saying I’m rather fond of the word LOVE in many other languages. Take the French word “L’amour”…when it rolls off your tongue, one almost feels an obligation to say it gently and with the soft flair of a French accent (causing one to feel rather glamorous)
Then there’s the Italian version, “Amore”…which I think is really a 2 syllable word (“Ahhhh – Moray”). Like all things Italian, one should deliver this word with an attitude of passion and hand gestures (causing one to feel rather dramatic).
But no matter how you say it, or in what language, I believe there’s a universal understanding that LOVE is the essence to all that we are. Just think of the decisions in our lifetime (not to mention throughout history) that have been made all “in the name of LOVE“…proving it’s a very powerful and emotional driving force.
Now the other day I found myself in a very reflective mood, and for some reason I started thinking about the many people in my lifetime that I’ve loved and lost. It wasn’t a negative or morbid thought process at all…it actually felt rather peaceful.
I started thinking first of my parents, as I lost each of them at very different ages (my dad when I was 16 & my mom when I was 52). Then of my beautiful Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, my wonderful Father in Law and members of his family. Each of these incredible people had all impacted my life in such amazing and very powerful ways. I am who I am because of all of them, how they lived, what they believed in…but most importantly, because of their LOVE.
I reflected also upon some beautiful and very close friends whom I’d lost over the years, their passings were unexpected, sudden, shocking and thus very hard to bare. I continue to have tough moments accepting they are gone.
Then my thoughts turned to other relationships in my life that have ended, not in death but in closure…either by choice or possibly some irreconcilable difference. A living relationship loss can also impact us in very deep emotional ways and there is a definite grieving process that goes with it.
So as I sat there reviewing this list of LOVE and loss, I noticed how it added up to quite a number of people. This could have easily sent me into a teary state of whallowing, had it not been for the powerful revelation I suddenly felt.
It was this awareness that LOVE never leaves us. The people we cherish may leave us, various relationships leave us and end…but the LOVE we experienced with them, that stays with us forever! That LOVE is eternal, everlasting and it lives within us each and every day. We have the ability to spread, share and keep that LOVE very much alive as we continue on.
I have to say this gave me an enormous sense of comfort and a peaceful, contented feeling of closeness to the people I’ve lost and continue to miss. I hope it may bring the same to you.
Throughout the years, though much can change…it’s the essence of LOVE that will always remain.
For today friends…this is The World as Eye See It