So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. They don't find time for stillness or rest. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.*
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. It has taken most of my 30 something years to finally learn this. I'm still learning and opening my heart. So let love come in. We think we don’t deserve love, we think if we let it in we’ll become too soft. But a wise man named Levin said it right. He said, “Love is the only rational act." Losing Sonia brought a strong reminder that love is such a gift and in opening ones heart our ability to love becomes possible.
You have one life. Have no regrets. Love thy neighbour. Love deeply, love, love, love as it becomes deep seeded in your spirit and is a part of you. Don't let hurts hold you back. As you practise the act of love, you become open, receiving, embracing and loving back. My husband, my bestfriends and birthing two beautiful children gave me so much love that I need to love deeply no matter what.
One life. No regrets. Love, love, love.
* Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Photos Steve Mccurry & Ramak Bamzar