come and go. We move away, move-in next door, we die and we live. Each morning
we awake to a brand new day where we are free to reinvent our lives in whatever fashion we choose. We are unique creations of a living God, and
whether we realize it or not, as part of that creation, we contribute to each others
experiences and growth through our actions and responses. Most of the time, and
unbeknownst to us, we offer gifts in lifelong lessons that when learned and put
into practice enhance our beings.
knew a man who taught me something about that thing we call love. That man was my brother. Every time he left a
crowd, a party or a meeting, he would sign off with a short wave and say, Love all around you! Love all around you
seemed a simple good-bye, but since his passing, I have made his words some of
my contemplations. As it has turns-out, “Love all around you,” has become a
most precious gift to me; a phrase my brother made common during his physical
presence, and one that I now embrace in mine.
about it … Love is energy. All encompasses everything and everyone.
Around is everywhere. You are an amazing element of It. Love
all around you.
is the essence of all that is good. Every moment we feel happiness, comfort;
every time we pray, give, laugh; or smile, exercise, recognize beauty, breathe
deep, stand in the wind, cook, read something scrumptious; every time we hear a
pleasing song, an exquisite voice; or tie our shoes, cuddle with a cat, a
dog, watch ocean waves crash against the sand, eat chocolate; or take the
advice of a parent; or learn from a child, love is cultivated. Love is
expressed. Love is all around us.
is the strength behind forgiveness and therefore the most powerful of all
emotions. (Without love, is it possible to forgive?) When we forgive ourselves, anyone, our
sense of honor increases, our integrity grows; we become better people––more loving people. Forgiveness begets love for self and love for those we need
to forgive. When we love, we humanize that person or group who offended us.
With love, anger can only cease to exist.
means having faith. Faith is the ability to practice the art of having
patience; of being persistent. When we are patient, our practice in faith
increases. We discover, understand and accept truth. We are able to wait for the
inevitable to manifest, to be; and we know that whatever it will bring, it will