i have come to the conclusion that The Beatles were right – love is all you need – or, all you need is love!
yes, the world has so much to offer, but #1- are things of this world REALLY that important because #2 – there’s something far greater than this world. and i do believe that love will get us the second and make the first more worthwhile.
everybody, whether they like to admit it or not, lives to love and be loved. we could even say that we live because we are loved…
i mean, look at where it all started. love first came from our Father in heaven who created us – and put us here in this life to learn something. that thing is love.
like everything else in life, love is a choice. and i…choose love.
why? it makes everything better!
love understands imperfection. love will make me kind, even if a person is entirely rude to me.
love will make me patient and caring. love will teach me to sacrifice and to give. love will make my life no longer be about me.
love is the over-powering SUPERNOVA of all emotions. it really is! where there’s love, there’s also hope. love overrides bitterness and anger. love brings peace and joy. love has perspective and can see beyond the surface – beyond that superficial and trivial stuff.
i don’t know who said, but i read it somewhere and really like it, “too often we waste time looking for a perfect lover instead of creating a perfect love.” – SO true.
but apart from that MUSHY-GUSHY love stuff is the other love that makes every day great.
like a love to LEARN and CRAVE NEW THINGS – to set goals and go for them. to make the most of situations and time. right now, i couldn’t be MORE ecstatic about planning my Europe trip. to travel. to experience. to enjoy the life i have.
i LOVE friendships. the conversations. the company. the goodness in them. just this weekend i was talking to a friend about how, for a long time there, i hadn’t felt like myself…he mentioned that for a while i used to argue with him a lot about petty things. i felt horrible and apologized, yet he giggled and said, “it’s ok whitney, i’m in it for the long haul.”
i feel really blessed to have a handful of people like that in my life. people who accept me even when i’m crazy or at my crappiest. and i want to be a person that can love people even when they treat me crappy, too. we all have our down moments. regardless, you know what they say, “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” so i refuse to play that game. make the world a better place, yah know?
i guess what i’m trying to say is – that’s the attitude of love. throwing out the bad and embracing the good.
and then, even the little things. i mean, the really little things that i love give life an extra bit of joy.
like, for instance, these shoes…and those tights! they make me so happy, in a way that only some may comprehend
ie: i’m going to have to do this in the upcoming month – LOVE it! …
i also love browsing through book stores, painting my nails, and growing a garden. and photography. i LOVE photography. so why not go back to school and get a degree in it? well, i’m going to. can’t wait!
find what you love – and do it.
maybe i am just a cheesy/crazy “peace, love, & flowers” kind of girl … but, i truly believe that love – in ALL of it’s finest forms – is all you need. so go get some!
[ i did not mention it entirely, but looking at that first and great commandment to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind, and strength" and then to "love thy neighbor as thyself" would, in a nutshell - if done correctly, encompass everything and accomplish all of what i've been saying...but...instead of raving about that and how it works for who knows how long, i'll just throw it in here at the end ]