Learning about love as a true expression of unconditional emotion that expects nothing in return has been difficult, but the actual word still sticks in my throat. Some of this comes from the actions I see perpetuated in the name of "love". "If I didn't love you, I wouldn't be beating your head in." "I love you, so I know what's best for you. It doesn't matter what you want." Got the picture?
The mis-use of love has been a convenient excuse for failing to set boundaries, for the lack of experiencing the consequences of our own actions, for the lack of discipline, and for the lack of personal responsibility that has done much to create this destructive and insane world we live in. "No. I didn't punish him for stealing the money. He must have needed it and I didn't want to upset him because I love him." Yeah.......RIGHT!
Expressing genuine love for our fellow man requires action, not words. If we send love to a friend in need, what is that love going to do when it gets there? How about sending a prayer for someone to appear who has the ability to help the situation? Is that not a more definitive expression of love?
Do we truly show our love, or just use the word? What do you do with your clothes, household items, toys, other things that are good and servicable, but that we no longer want or need? Do we sell them? Do we give them to an organization that turns around and sells them? How about giving them to a family in need, either directly, through a shelter for the abused, or through a homeless shelter? School groups such as the PTA often know of children in the school whose families are needy.
There is so much pain and suffering in the world, look at what we could do as a group if we took a good and honest look at our own communities. Don't just TELL someone you love them — SHOW THEM. We have the power to make a real difference in many lives. Help someone elderly with the yardwork or housework. Take someone to the grocery store, or on an errand. By a little extra food on your shopping trips for someone on a fixed income, or for a homeless shelter. The world is crying for love. Please —- let us heed the cry.
A senseless act of random kindness. A single candle of encouragement
and hope glowing in the darkness of despair. Are these not the true expressions
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