Sometimes it’s in plain view
And sometimes it’s hidden
Sometimes it’s inarguable
And sometimes it’s mysterious
But if you open your eyes, you will see love everywhere. It’s in the air we breathe. It’s in the miracles of our bodies. It’s in the perfection of a snowflake and the simple beauty of a blade of grass. As I wrote in last week’s post, “Love arrives in many forms and its healing and powerful energy can be accessed through a variety of portals: gratitude, appreciation, positive thinking, laughter, meditation, prayer, ecstatic dance, poetry, nature. It manifests in the body as a feeling of joy, hope, radiance, happiness, well-being, and aliveness. When you’re “in-love” (not with another person but in the state of love), your heart opens and the world looks beautiful and full of hope and light.”
On the wall of my childhood house hung a poem by Emmet Fox. As a young child and then an adolescent, I used to stand in front of this poem and read it over and over again. As I was writing this post last night, it flashed in my mind. I offer it to you today:
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
no disease that enough love will not heal;
no door that enough love will not open;
no gulf that enough love will not bridge;
no wall that enough love will not throw down;
no sin that enough love will not redeem . . .
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook;
how muddled the tangle;
how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world . . .
– Emmet Fox
Notice he writes, “If only you could love enough…” and not “If you only you could be loved enough.” Love is giving. Love is action. Love is the ability to offer yourself to another in selfless service (without giving yourself away). It’s not what you get; it’s what you give. It’s a not a feeling that sparked by another person; it’s the actions of love that you give away. It’s giving even when you don’t feel like giving and opening yourself to receiving even when the blocks of fear seem insurmountable.
For today, practice one act of selfless loving. For today, notice love inside of you and around you. For today, memorize how love feels, then do it again tomorrow. “If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world…”