Love is an abstract idea, and it is very hard to explain. Literature gives many descriptions of love, but none express this emotion a tangible way. The dictionary only says it is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”
Love is probably the most beneficial of all feelings because it benefits our health, it gives us joy, and helps us feel connected to others. Loving others and being loved has been known to lower blood pressure, lessen depression & anxiety, aid in stress management, and control pain. Studies show that people who love have been known to have fewer colds, faster healing, and a happier life than people who choose to hate. It’s amazing that some people would actually choose hate rather than love. It’s just something I don’t understand.
We must be Choose love. It is contagious. I think this is why we must teach our children to love. It is a choice. Take for instance the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Jesse, a first grader, was a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012. His mother describes what love can do for the world in this simple mission statement. The mission “is to create a more peaceful world by raising awareness that everyone can choose love in any circumstance; to ensure every child has access to the essential life skills that will empower them to Choose Love, and to help facilitate this by teaching these skills within their families, schools and communities. Choosing Love means having the courage to be grateful when life isn’t easy, to forgive when the person who hurt you is not sorry, and to step outside your own pain to help someone else. That is how to choose love, and the empowering lesson is that it’s a choice.”
In a month where romantic love is our emphasized, we can change the focus on giving love. Think of love as a bridge that connects us to everyone else. By choosing to cross that bridge, we can be the embodiment of love. We can crowd out hate and all we have to do is love.
“ Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. ~ Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
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Annie Dragoo is a wife, mother, actor, singer, dancer, educator, and holistic health practitioner who lives in Austin, Texas.