gratitude for love

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

 – L. R. Knost

Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. Some may feel that there is not much to be grateful for, given all of the natural disasters, gun violence and other such tragedies which have befallen us in this year. Many more look to those in government for help, assistance or to simply be saved from all that is negative in their lives. We often forget our own power, our inner light, the love which burns brightly within each of us, if we have not buried it with fear, anger and unacknowledged grief.

Perhaps it is easier for many of us to continue to carry these concepts forward – to write about them, speak about them and live them – when we are otherwise apparently comfortable, not having visibly (to others) suffered any real traumas.

This is a good time to be reminded that none of us ever doesn’t suffer some type of painful experience, trauma or significant loss. Some experiences are simply more visible than others. And yet, think of the stories that you’ve read or heard about, in which an individual or group is out helping others, even though they may have suffered some unimaginable loss of their own.

This is a good time to be reminded that we all have the capacity for love, because that is who we are…LOVE.  We come from love and to love we will return. At this time of year, especially as we observe losses, traumas, and unimaginable circumstances in our world, may we remember LOVE.  May we remember our own individual eternal light, shining from within. As we share the light that is our love, the light shines even more brightly. We become a beacon for others.

So why not tap that limitless source of love and light that comes to us, through us, and connects us all….to each other?

Love intentionally…even if it hurts at first. Love is also the salve that heals brokenness.

Love extravagantly…our hearts have great capacity; and even when broken, are broken open…and that creates even more space and increases capacity.

Love unconditionally…reach out to those who are different; allow others who see or believe differently than you to simply be as they are. Acceptance is a practice with rich rewards.

Be grateful for love. It opens, teaches, offers, supports and returns…again, again and again.

So go.

Be love.



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