All You Need is Love

It has been over a month since this soulful endeavor has begun. Within this time, I have been blessed to have acquired the fellowship of like-minded loved ones, also looking to spread peace, love, and perhaps happiness.

Both alone and with this small fellowship, efforts have been made to reach out to the hearts of those we know and those we do not- to send peace and love their way, and hopefully inspire them to do the same.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”-Mother Teresa

 “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” -1 Corinthians 13:1-7

These are two of my favorite quotes concerning the subject of love.

Simple and true, but yet often hard to follow and easy to forget.  Instead of accepting what the Universe has laid forth before me, as a challenge to strengthen and enrich the soul- I often find myself fighting through the circumstances of each day- catching myself sending less-than lovely vibes to my fellow beings- trying to change outcomes begrudgingly.

It’s amazing how quickly things can change, or at least appear to change, when you approach them with a feeling of love. Truly allowing for whatever to happen, accepting it, and still sending out peace and love to yourself, and everything and everyone around you- despite how hard it is to do.

The Dalai Lama said, “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”

With that, I leave you with a ‘Love Letter to the World’:

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One thought on “All You Need is Love

  1. http://www.kindovermatter.com/2012/02/random-acts-of-unconditional-love.html

    Post by Daniel Collinsworth on the Kind Over Matter blog

    Random Acts of Unconditional Love

    Valentine’s Day… it’s a mixed bag for many folks. For those who are single, or who don’t agree with the over-commercialization of the holiday, it can bring up some negative feelings.

    Today, I propose an alternative. A new way of celebrating Valentine’s Day that isn’t centered on romance, flowers, cards and chocolates. I propose making it a day of random acts of unconditional love — small gestures of kindness for all the people you interact with throughout your day.

    Doing kind things for folks can sometimes be the defining moment of their day, turning a bad day around or setting the tone for a great day. And it makes you feel good in the process. So let these acts be your gift, without expecting anything in return, and have fun with it!

    Here are some ideas to inspire you:

    1. Send a text message to a friend, letting them know how amazing you think they are.

    2. Give a genuine, heart-felt compliment to the barista who makes your coffee, or the store cashier who rings up your purchase.

    3. If giving compliments isn’t your thing, let them know you appreciate them.

    4. Hug someone

    5. Going out to dinner tonight? Let your waiter know how much you appreciate them. Be patient and kind with them. Leave them a generous tip.

    6. Do something thoughtful for a co-worker you don’t usually get along with — something that will make their day a little easier or more pleasant. Do this without expecting any particular reaction in return.

    7. Say “I love you” to a family member who you haven’t said those words to in awhile, even if you aren’t sure that they’ll say it back to you.

    8. Be extra courteous and generous to other drivers while you’re on the road. Let folks get in front of you. Create space for them.

    9. Be extra warm with your customers/clients today. Smile more than usual, engage with them in a meaningful way, make them feel special.

    10. Give your animal extra hugs and back scratches.

    11. Make a cup of tea for someone.

    12. Is someone in your life working on a project? Give them a special word of encouragement.

    13. Be a listening ear for someone who is reaching out to you. Don’t judge, just listen. Let them know they are supported.

    14. Smile warmly at a stranger.

    15. Let someone get in front of you in line at the grocery store.

    16. Hold the elevator door for someone, even if you’re running late.

    17. Tell the person delivering your mail and packages that you appreciate them.

    18. While you’re paying for your coffee or meal, give the cashier a few extra bucks for the person in line behind you.

    19. Leave a thoughtful comment on someone’s blog.

    20. Make a homemade dinner and share it with your roommates.

    21. Write a hand-written letter to someone special.

    22. Know someone who was there for you when you really needed support? Say “thank you” in a very special way.

    Let’s make Valentine’s Day more than just a day for lovers to lavish extra affection on each other. Let’s make it a day that will open our hearts and the hearts of others to kindness. And then, let’s keep it going! Every day is a good day for random acts of unconditional love.

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