September 6

  

Today's quotation:

Love is a force. . . .  It is not a result; it is a cause.  It is not a product.  It is a power, like money, or steam or electricity.  It is valueless unless you can give something else by means of it.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Today's Meditation:

Love is by far the most positive force in the world, and it's a force that we have to give actively to others if we want it to have any positive effects on them.  Unfortunately, our super-strong entertainment industry tends to present love as something that we "fall in" to, something that "makes us whole," usually through an addictive relationship with another person whom we "love."

But if we learn to use love wisely, we can make a tremendous difference in the world, even if it's in our own little corner of the world.  If we learn to give love, then we can give many more important things to the people we love:  encouragement, courage, hope, peace, strong self-esteem, a feeling of belonging, a feeling of being important to someone. . . .  Needless to say, the list is a very long one.

Love is a power.  Those people who use love as such are very powerful people indeed, though you'll rarely see them in the spotlight or in the public eye.  They don't need public recognition, for they recognize themselves what they're doing and what they're contributing to the lives of others.  Their love allows them to send the strength of love on to other people, and that's enough.

Love is a cause.  Love causes things to happen; it causes people to change, and it causes beautiful things to come to pass.  One of my greatest hopes in life is that I'll learn how to use love in such a productive way before I leave this planet, so that I can leave some seeds of love behind when I go.

Questions to consider:

How can we use love as a force?

What kinds of things keep us from doing so?

What kinds of positive things can we accomplish if we're able to use love as a force?

For further thought:

Love will find a way.  Indifference will find an excuse.

unattributed

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