Perhaps one of the most valuable treasures we have on this earth, is love. Love is probably the only truly priceless ‘commodity’ that has an endless, free supply. Since love is infinite and free, why do so many of us seek it, sometimes feeling like we’ll never find it?
The truth is, love doesn’t have to be found. Love is everywhere, free to be given and received at will. So then how is that something so abundant, seems to be in such short supply?
It’s difficult and sad to fathom that there are those among us who crave love, but never seem to “find” it — they themselves radiate love, giving it freely and fully, yet always craving that someone will return that love to them.
It’s heartbreaking to know that there are people in our world who go through life feeling unloved and unwanted. What makes it all the sadder, is the fact that love, with all of it’s incredible healing power, doesn’t cost a dime to give.
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
― Mother Teresa
So many of us want to make a difference in the world to make it a better place and that is a wonderful endeavor. But I think sometimes we forget that the very first step we can take to heal our world, is to show love and compassion.
Doing charitable works is wonderful and very much needed, but we mustn’t neglect the people in need who are all around us. Do we take the time to visit our elderly neighbor to let her know she’s thought of and cared for? Do we reach out to the lonely and say “hey, I wanted you to know I’m thinking of you…” Do we help the poor by donating to the local food bank? Do we adopt an abandoned pet, rather than buying one? And just as important, do we raise our kids to put love and compassion first?
The first step to healing our world is to open up the floodgates of love and let it flow freely — the healing starts within each of us and the first step is really simple: to love, care, share, help, protect and uplift. Love, as ambiguous a word as it is, should flow freely between us all, because ultimately, its the most potent (and free) power we have.