Friday, 27 April 2012
What the world needs now is love sweet love
What do you think the absolutely most important thing you should do while you are on earth? Work hard to demonstrate your brilliance for all to observe, build an empire for your children to inherit, volunteer at a community organisation and make a difference in your local town, increase your knowledge and understanding and receive a lot of university degrees, become famous so people tell you how wonderful you are, be a politician so you can influence the future of your region, state or nation or maybe have as much fun as possible. Or do you think the most important thing is to love your spouse, children, family and friends, or spend all your time, and most of your money, giving your children all the opportunities you never had.
There are so many ways we can spend our time on earth, many of them noble and wonderful. If we don’t consciously decide what our absolute number one priority is there is a risk we will spend valuable time doing lots of things that aren’t actually important, and this will lead to lots of regrets.
I absolutely believe the only important thing we can do is to love, everything we do needs to come from a place of love. Here is a very clear instruction for life, “Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.” Loving someone as if your life depends on it, doesn’t that sound fabulous. Not just a half hearted thing we take for granted. If there is somebody who loves you and you love them back, we need to prioritise that love, if you can do something to make someone feel loved, do it. It might be just making them a cup of tea, sending them a text to let them know you are thinking of them, giving them a hug, watching them perform, listening to their ideas, dreams or opinions without judging, being kind and thoughtful. Often it is really simple acts that make us feel loved. Turn off the television, mute your phone, put down the iPad and love somebody instead.
If somebody loves you, treasure it like gold. We need to do all that we can to protect, maintain and grow love. Don’t ever take love for granted, don’t be too quick to throw it away and try your hardest never to betray that love. To be loved is the absolute greatest gift we will ever receive. I have been blessed all my life, I have felt loved by my parents, sister, grandparents, aunties and now my husband and children, truly, fiercely and completely loved. Sometimes this has led to disappointment and sadness but mostly it is has made my life joyful and complete and wonderful.
However, loving people who love us is just the start and that should be really easy. Loving our planet, our sisters and brothers all over the world, the homeless, the hungry, the sad and the friendless, this is where the love challenge really begins. Loving people who are mean to us, those who look different to us, speak differently, and think and believe different things to us, loving those who behave in a way we do not understand, this is where love gets challenging. However, this is where love is so very important, and it can start with you.
Don’t think about whether you like people, just love them – full stop. Easier said than done, and I am not so good at it, but I do believe love, receiving love, giving love, acting out of love, being all consumed by love (in a healthy way not a stalker obsessive kind of way), will ensure you live the most wonderful life and your time spent on earth, while not devoid of sadness or disappointment, will be meaningful, and leave a legacy for future generations.