Friday, May 6, 2011
I remember driving in the car with my mom & listening to the radio when I was about 6 or 7. I remember singing along when it suddenly hit me:
Every song is about LOVE!
I went on to think of every one of my favorite movies like Snow White, Peter Pan, Toy Story (mostly Disney, I know) and I realized that the driving factor for those was also LOVE! Whether it be about romance, friendship, or family. It was like I had just had an epiphany. I remember saying, in complete amazement to my mom "Every song, movie, and book is about love." She just said, yup. I was amazed. How had I lived my short life & never realized this?
Now that I'm older, I realize that love really does make the world go round. It is what gives food to the poor, lends a helping hand on moving day, writes that compassionate letter, and is selfless. I feel like so much of the world is filled with messages that tell us to think of things besides love: to feel entitled, to purchase more because we deserve it. To feel less beautiful, by displaying versions of perfection on every magazine page, movie poster, and mall advertisement. To feel like our needs are the most important, and that we can excuse every action.
BUT when we love each other, we feel that desire to share our happiness with others. When we accept & love ourselves, we give others the opportunity to love & accept themselves because gossip, back biting, and judging no longer exists. When we truly love, the way the Lord loves us, we look at other needs before our own. We can realize & accept our mistakes & truly try to do better.
So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, that the Beatles had it right: All you need is love.