(Love, love, love) There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done; Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung; Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game; It’s easy
There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made; No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn to be you in time; It’s easy; All you need is love; All you need is love; All you need is love, love; Love is all you need
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known; Nothing you can see that isn’t shown; There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be; It’s easy
All you need is love, all together now; All you need is love, everybody; All you need is love, love;
Love is all you need — Songwriters LENNON, JOHN / MCCARTNEY, PAUL
Let’s think about it.
When you do something that comes from LOVE it feels so good. Now think of how you feel when your actions come from another emotion or motivation: anger, fear, hatred, despair, stress, jealousy or frustration. It is truly not the same feeling. How about the feeling of “Can’t”. That’s a big one for many. I’ve personally experienced “can’t”, and, not only is it not a good feeling at all, it paralyzes. Can’t certainly does not have a connection to love.
If we look at people past and present, there is wisdom to incorporate love and patience into our lives. There are many messages that are familiar:
“It’s Love makes the world go round” – W. S. Gilbert
“Love will find a way” – Christina Aguilera
“Love Conquers All” – Virgil – 19 BC
How about the reading performed at every Catholic wedding I’ve ever been to – even at my own: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
This is a message that has been around for quite a long time.
When I Googled the passage to include it here, I found that the section continued. I couldn’t recall ever hearing this part, and am guessing that is probably because the emphasis at a wedding is not one of potential failure. The section continued: “But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away”. – 1 Corinthians 12:8
That’s pretty thought provoking, isn’t it? So, what I hear in this is that, without love, we fail. There is despair. Think about it. Truly, there cannot be a war if there was love. There would not be actions of hatred, abuse, or bullying. How about if we had self-love… could that eliminate depression, or worse?
Maybe we should take a step back in order to become more aware so we can speak and act in love.
As I write these weekly posts, I do a lot of self reflection. A man I know really bothered me this week. He constantly is negative and ridicules others. I’ve spoken about him during a few conversations this week. I realize, as I write this, that when I spoke of him, even though my conversation originated because of my inability to understand his motivation and how he could be so hurtful, that I was not speaking love or understanding. I realize my own actions this week, through these conversations, have robbed me and others of life enjoyment and even had spread unnecessary negativity.
Every day gives us a lesson, if we listen.
I do strive to always hear these simple messages and I am always questioning why we don’t listen to those who came before us and why we haven’t learned such valuable lessons. There is so much wisdom that we should share. I did write in my book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now (www.IfIKnewThenBook.com) how, “History will repeat itself if we let it”. History repeating is truly evident and something we see in action every day. I really work hard not to personally let this happen and to learn, everyday, how I can make change.
So, today, I AM Love.
Perhaps love is a simple solution that we could consider for ourselves. Maybe it can change our circumstances. If acting through Love became a priority in our lives, perhaps the motivation behind our actions would result in compassion, patience, camaraderie and teamwork.
I plan to question the motivation behind my actions and to become more aware if they are being fueled by love.
So, as you look around today, maybe there is a person in distress. Reach out.
It’s really simple.
I truly believe that love does conquer all.
Working together, looking out for each other, we can all enjoy life… I believe it is certainly time to enjoy life. I believe it is time to play.
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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life. Time to Play and the Time to Play Foundation was absolutely created out of LOVE. Please see www.timetoplay.com for more information.