"What's Love Got To Do With It?" Recently I posted this question on Facebook and then answered my own question as "EVERYTHING!" Tina called it a "sweet old fashioned notion", but I call it essential - NOW.
Love - a feeling and emotion we all experience, but each in a personal, often profound way. The love of a boyfriend, husband, partner; the love of our children, parents, siblings and best friends; the love of our work, our playtime; nature, heritage and country. (I often say "I love anything with cinnamon or blueberries." That's shallow, but true - but I digress)
What I suggest is loving LOVE enough to commit to it as a way of being in our world, not just a feeling we keep to ourselves. Let's bring love into our communities, cities, and nation. If love is something special, then why is it missing in our political dialogues and platforms. Did she just say "in politics?" . . . Yes I did.
This morning I read a love letter to our community in our local paper. It was a refreshing change from the bickering of school and city politics - and I agree with the author, there's plenty to love in our community. We can disagree, debate AND commit to compassionate decision making. Why must these conversations only occur for non-profit mission statements and in volunteer meetings?
I'm not delusional, I know we must prepare and respond to those who foster hate and would do us harm. What I am encouraging is that we not be habitually dismissive of those who try to lead from the perspective of love. Our compassion can inform our platforms and policies transforming our love from personal expressions to the community and beyond. Love is not a sign of weakness; it's powerful and essential. Anyone with me on this?
Sorry Tina - Love has GOT to have something to do with it.
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