It’s all about love. It may seem corny to say, but it’s true. Love is at the heart of everything.
What do you want to do in life? It goes easier with love in your heart. Do you want better relationships, or a better family life? Make sure love is in your heart. Are you trying to do a better job at work? Do it with love. Trying to make a difference in anything? Start by finding love. Is there pain in your life that needs mending? Love will heal it. Are you lonely, still looking for that special someone? Love will find a way.
Is love always the answer?
In a world of pain and anguish, of seemingly endless problems and crises, love is so often forgotten or overlooked. In times of national crisis does anyone advocate love and forgiveness? And how often do you, when faced with interpersonal conflict, remember to keep love in your heart for the person you are facing?
This, of course, is not to say that love alone will solve all problems. But it is to say that all approaches to any problem will always resolve quicker and easier and will lead toward healing when love is consciously present.
Love and violence
Violence does not stop violence; it only breeds more violence. The scars born of violence do not go away; rather, they fester and return in kind.
Love dissipates violence. Not always immediately, but always eventually. This is why the most powerful advocate for peace is the most vocal advocates for love. We need only look at leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, who both advocated for loving the enemy, to see that armies may be conquered and systematic repression can be stopped, with the use of long-term campaigns of love, kindness, and forgiveness.
Again, this is not to say that love alone is a panacea, a magic pill that cures all. It is only to say that all methods and plans for positive change will always work better when there is an undercurrent of conscious loving energy.
Love is the one thing that is universally revered as being good for us all and yet, with tragic consequence, it is so often ignored as a technique for change. Indeed, finding and keeping love in our hearts is the only way to consistently promote and effect healing, on both a personal and a national level.
What stops us?
It is fear that drives us to violence, as individuals and as nations. It takes courage to look beyond that fear and to consider that forgiveness and acceptance are necessary elements in any healthy relationship, whether it’s between two people or between two cultures. Fear pushes away; love brings people together.
Love is the universal element that can be used in any situation where positive change is needed. It is not the only element, but is the element that can be used anytime, anywhere.
Love is the answer. And where it’s not, it can certainly help to drive the solution.