Love is wanting to hug blogger Sasha Dichter for starting a movement. Because I used to be anti-Valentine’s Day. I used to think of it as a contrived, inauthentic excuse to make those of us in a relationship force something we may or may not feel in the moment, and to make those of us not in a relationship extremely uncomfortable and bitter.
Sasha Dichter encourages us to move beyond whatever we conceived of Valentine’s Day to be. Make it a true expression of the love that’s inside us. Make it Generosity Day.
For love is so more than just roses and chocolates. Love is what’s inside of us and just has to get out. When you follow your passion, you’re following love. When you give, you’re expressing love. When your generous with your time, your attention, when you listen, that is love. We are love.
So do something generous today. And then go to the Generosity Day Causes site and inspire everyone with your story and be inspired by theirs. For today is not the day to question whether or not there is love. Today is the day to act out the love spontaneously and without question.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment – or unlearning – of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth.
– Marianne Williamson, 1952 –
There is a love that is larger than ourselves; that sustains, surrounds and embraces us. We did not create it. We cannot choose it. It comes unbidden, as a surprise. Our only choice, when it comes, is whether or not we will receive it with gratitude and humility.
– Rev. Rob Hardies
Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.
Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.
– Quincy Jones
For I tell you this: At the critical junction in all relationships, there is only one question. What would love do now?
– Neale Donald Walsh
I like that Rev Rob Hardies gets a shout out here. He’s one of those who loves without fear, who loves with reckless abandonment, and the world is a better place for it.
All of his sermons are available as MP3s here: http://new.all-souls.org/sermons