I was browsing a few favorite blogs last evening when I came upon a post entitled “Love and Survival,” by Robin Easton, author of Naked in Eden. It's so beautiful and inspiring I'm still thinking about it.
Robin exhorts her readers to "let love in" regardless of experiences we may have had as babies or as children suggesting we were somehow flawed and imperfect -- unworthy of love.
"As adults we are now strong enough to see that we were never flawed," says this brave and wise woman. "We are now strong enough to embrace the honest reality that people sometimes cannot give us what we really need.
“In embracing this reality we are better equipped to let go of old pain and forgive. In this way we can once again connect to love. We can now fully embrace those who CAN love us. We can marvel at the tenacity and survival skills of the human spirit.
"Love consciously and actively every day, and let others love you. Let love in. The more love you let in, the more love you will give your children, your family, your friends... and yourself."
Letting love in
The one thing I know for sure about love is that we will never understand it. What love really is, and where it comes from, is unknowable, which is a good thing, because otherwise someone or other would probably try to get in there and improve it or change it in some way.
But the fact that we will never understand love doesn't matter. It's irrelevant, because what we CAN do is experience it. We can “let it in,” as Robin suggests -- just like JoAnn’s daughter Sherrie did yesterday.
JoAnn needed to be taken to the hospital for a procedure. I wasn’t in the best of shape after some emergency dental work, so Sherrie offered to take her Mom instead. When they came back home around 5pm I thanked Sherrie.
She looked at her Mom and said simply, “You know I’d do anything for you.”
Love is letting go
Another example of love that comes to mind as I write this post is this: love is sometimes letting go.
When I was a young man of 23 – an only child -- I had a burning urge to go to British Columbia. I never really thought about it much at the time, but it was an act of tremendous courage and love on the part of my mother and father to let me go, not knowing what would become of me – or even if they would see me again.
Love is an equal opportunity employer
It doesn't matter how rich we are, or how poor we are, or where we live, or what our age is, or what culture we come from, or anything else. We all have the same opportunity as far as love is concerned.
Love is an "equal opportunity employer,” isn’t it?
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better use for my life than to make it available as fully and completely as I can to the purposes of this most gracious and trustworthy employer.
PS If you have any thoughts or experiences of “love in action” you’d be willing to share with the Happy Seeker community, please do send them along.