Love, amore, liebe, amour, milovat, ài, lyubit‘, hubun. No matter how you say it, love is a powerful feeling. It can fill us with joy and break our hearts. It can bring couples together and tear friendships apart.
There are many types of love in our lives. We can love our significant others, our parents, our siblings—yes, you’re supposed to love them, our friends, Fridays, and chocolate cake.
We can love many things, and we show love in many ways: with kisses, hugs, sonnets, or even shout it from the rooftops. Love is a feeling that transcends all others, and we should share it with everyone.
Now, you may be thinking that it is impossible to love everyone. What about the people that we don’t like, the person in the checkout with forty coupons and wants to pay in cash and coins, that annoying driver that cuts you off on the road, or the person who talks during the movie at the theater?
Maybe we have more personal dislikes for people that lie to us, steal from us, or physically harm us. Are we supposed to love them too?
Love is a phenomenal gift, and we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. We need to share it and share it with everyone, especially those we consider unworthy.
— Guy Kopsombut (@4AMShower) January 31, 2017
By giving that gift of love to others, we can share a connection with them. It is through these connections that we build community. A community built on love is healthier than anything formed from division, mistrust, or hate.
We are all human beings. It doesn’t matter what we look like, what we sound like, what we do for a living, or where we live. We have a rare opportunity to live on this unlikely piece of rock floating in the cosmos with just the right amount of air, water, and temperature to sustain us. And we have to live together or perish.
It’s a rhetorical question, but is it really that hard to love one another? Can we not at least love each other enough to hope that we will all do the right thing? Can we go beyond that thought and actually help each other do the right thing? Can we hold our hand out to another and say, “I may not understand, but I am here for you”?
I think we can. No, I know we can. I’ve seen humanity come together in times of great tragedy and great joy. We need to continue sharing that love during all the times in between. God bless, and I love you.