Saturday, January 8, 2011

Love

I've been working on a project all day that I wanted to share with you for this post...but it's not done. It will probably make it's debut next week.

So, for today, I'm going to do a post that I've been thinking about for a long time. Last summer I read Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson, and it reaffirmed my belief that the only thing that will save us is love.

War won't.

Politics won't.

Money won't.

Only love. Nothing will change in this world until we forget ourselves and start caring about others.

With that, I'd like to share with you a few quotes from Marianne about love.

"People deserve love not because of what they do, but because of who they are."

"The only way to achieve an exciting life is to be willing to be excited and exciting. The only way to achieve an excellent life is to be willing to be excellent. The only way to achieve love is to be willing to be more loving. Who and what we decide to be, in each and every moment, is reflected back to us in worldly forms."

"When we realized our mission is to love and forgive, we realized that every situation is an opportunity to do so."

"Forgiveness is our decision to see the love that is real in all of us, despite whatever appearances to the contrary there are."

And one last one:

"Everything should be interpreted as love or as a call for love. When someone has not shown us their love, our power lies in knowing they would have, had they known how. They are not wrong so much as they are wounded, and our role is not to judge them but to heal them."

That's just a handful of the wisdom of love that Marianne shares in Everyday Grace.

I have to admit that it's very difficult for me to love everyone in my life. There are some people whom I don't even like. So, in reality, this post is a reminder to myself that I need to remember to love more and to let anger go.

Thanks for letting me ramble on. Now go and enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

8 comments:

Teri Anne Stanley said...

Great concept, Andria;
I think that when we start to recognize that love is an action word and not a passive emotion, we will all be in a much better place. Until then, we just keep trying.

orangemily said...

Excellent!

Megs said...

"Love" the post. I totally agree. At the end, when I first read I thought you wrote ... "there are some people in my family that I hate"... I was like "WHAT??? Does she hate me?" I had to go back and re-read. Remind me to never read when I have a migraine or any type of headache again! I totally mess things up.

Andria said...

Megan, No! I do not hate you! Or anyone else in my family! I LOVE you!

Teri, I totally agree; love is an action.

Emily, thank you!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Marianne is amazing. I've loved every quote I've read by her.

Hollie tells me you're coming to LDStorymakers in May - look for me! I'd love to meet you.

Mary L Walling said...

Along with all the other wonderful quotes, let's not forget the best of all, "As I have loved you, love one another." Love is unconditional. Wouldn't it be nice if we all loved as a little child or forgave as a little child? I love you blog. I, too am an Army wife(ex-17 yrs) and an Air Force brat. Made life ever more interesting.

Garmon said...

"All you need is love, love, love is all you need."

I could say more, but Lennon/McCartney said it best.

Stellar Meadow said...

Beautiful. I am a firm believer in the power of love, and it's nice to have that reaffirmed now and then. Amazing post. (: