love comes in so many different ways. it can be simple or complicated, innate or developed, found or lost. you can have faith in it, you can hate it, you can look for it or let it look for you. any way that you look at it, it’s a part of everyone. obviously i’m not necessarily speaking about romantic love exclusively as i don’t really have a basis for comparison there but that essential link to another person or an animal, a hobby, a book… doesn’t matter what it is, at some point, no matter how deeply or shallowly (is that even a word?) we are all affected by it.
a quote has been on my mind a lot lately, as well as a song (we’ll get to that one later):
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
now, that’s not to say that it isn’t also hard work or that it can make us feel strung upside down. especially when it goes away. but essentially, i think that’s got it. i honestly can tell you why this has been running through my head so much lately, i gave up on the whys of what goes through my head a very long time ago. i guess i’ll just keep on thinking about it and go with the flow. maybe i just am needing to remind myself that everyone has this potential in them, including me, and that we need to let it out there. tell our friends, our family, our pets. express it through word thought or deed. care about people with your whole heart, without condition, without reservation. maybe i just need to remember that more.
on to round two of this post. a song. it isn’t the best song ever written but again… doesn’t have to be. it’s called “ronan” and it’s co-written by taylor swift. it was written to help raise money for a great program called stand up 2 cancer (http://www.standup2cancer.org/). if it isn’t obvious, the mission is to kick cancers ass one day. lyrics sample:
“Come on baby with me, we’re gonna fly away from here
You were my best four years
I remember your barefeet down the hallway
I love you to the moon and back.”
i can’t get this out of my head. we’ve all lost someone to cancer or know someone who has. it sucks. a lot. i wish someone could wave a magic wand and make it disappear. maybe one day it’ll happen. the really cool thing is that everyone can do something to help. donate blood, give contributions, visit, love people who have it. i have a friend named lauren. her mother has been a real trooper throughout the whole thing and has a blog that really helps you understand the emotions that roll through you like tidal waves. once i get permission, i’ll put it here. if you have gone through or know someone who knows this battle, check it out.
know there’s love out there. many many kinds. take it in, rejoice in it because there are so many things in this world that will try and take it away from you. don’t let it. fight for love any way you can get it.
ps. http://canceremotions.wordpress.com/ read it.