Love is something you and I must have.
We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it.
We must have it because without it we become weak and faint.
Without love our self-esteem weakens.
Without it our courage fails.
Without love we can no longer look confidently at the world.
We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities,
and little by little we destroy ourselves.
With it we are creative. With
it we march tirelessly. With
it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others.
Chief Dan George
believe very strongly that when Chief Dan George says that
we must have love, he's not talking only about being
loved, about other people giving us love. Rather
he's talking about the love that we have inside of
ourselves, the love that we feel for the rest of the
world--all things and creatures in it--and the love that
we can share with others. If I have no love to
share, if I don't allow myself to feel love for others,
then my life becomes an empty, desolate place in which I
slowly destroy myself.
do we get the love to share if we don't feel it now?
I don't think that it's a question of "getting"
anything, but rather a question of letting it out.
Love is inside of us--we're all born with it, and we can't
be without it. Many of us, though, learn early in
life how to block it off, how to keep it inside of
ourselves so that we don't ever face the risk of being
hurt. It doesn't work, of course, because we end up
getting hurt anyway, but we try nonetheless.
our love inside, though, is much the same as having a
large bag of bread that we could use to feed many people
or that we could keep closed and hidden from view, keeping
it all to ourselves so that no one can steal it from
us. And while we may keep others from stealing it,
very soon one of two things will happen to the
bread: it will get very hard and become inedible, or
it will get moldy and disgusting and inedible.
Either way, the bread's potential--to feed people and
become energy for their bodies--has been lost.
would like to think that my love's potential one day will
be reached. I still have a hard time sharing it, for
I have a hard time convincing myself that others want it,
but I do try, and I get a little better at it with each
week that passes. But I know that the love I feel
for others is one of the most important aspects of my
life, and I hope to continue to share it more and more