Happy month of the heart!
Although in many parts of the country February is cold, the heart remains warm. After all, it is the month of Valentine’s Day, which of course can bring up wonderful feelings, and some times painful ones. Wonderful feelings if you have Love in your life, which may not be just romantic partnership Love, but other forms of significant Love – your family, children, friends, and for many the “fur” beings.
What Love is for one person may be so different for another. Usually, there is a being(s) which is the essential force of Love in your life. If you don’t have one, I’m sorry because your life may be harder to endure as a result. But if that is the case, then maybe it is your choice, for whatever reason. If that is not the case, then perhaps you need to change your life to bring Love into it.
Many folks who are elderly have outlived their peers whom they loved, and as a result, don’t have anyone nearby in the physical to love, touch, or just talk or listen to. That is a very painful way to exist, and their lives may be just that – existence. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who try to be a light for those solitary folks.
Did you know that the number one reason to be able to become an octogenarian is the ability to deal with loss and solitude? Of course, having a strong constitution and sense of survival doesn’t hurt. In case you haven’t noticed, there are also lots of 90-year olds running around, and yes, having a fun life.
My mother is 89, 90 in June, and is sharper mentally that many people folks 20 years her junior! She has her issues physically but still drives her car, and is living by herself as her husband is in a home. So with that she’s doing the best she can under the circumstances. My mother is one of those survival folks I’m talking about. She just somehow keeps going.
For those of you who may not know, I’m very much a romantic. I love Love, all kinds of Love – being in love, sharing warm conversations with friends and people I meet, including babies. And then there are animals, Nature, music and of course much more. So much to love. And of course I would be remiss to not mention Spirit, DPs (dead persons), and God.
On a lighter note, I also love the movies! We are now coming up on the Academy Awards. Movies, of course, are a form of Art. It would be a sad world without Art, since Art gives us great joy while highlighting the different aspects of life. That, I believe, is most significant and something that is always needed in our world – a reflection of what our world is, and what it can also be.
One of the movies nominated this year is, for me, a most wonderful “heart” movie, among the best I’ve ever seen. It’s called “Shape of Water.” The film is so beautiful in the way it takes us into a place that truly reveals something important, and in this case, that place is Love. Without being a “spoiler” for those who have not seen the move, suffice it to say that the film really fits into standardized concepts of what Love should or should not be. It is my belief that God is about Love. Love is everywhere and in every way. God is not about judgment. And as this artful move shows, Love is transcendent.
Finally, let me say that I always appreciate the little notes, and responses I get from all of you who read my newsletters, so feel free to fire away!
Enjoy your month of Love, and whatever makes you feel Love in your life.
I’ll be spreading my own versions of Love in the places I’ll soon be visiting. To name a few, my return to Lafayette; very excited for my Cajun folks. Also, I’ll be visiting Toronto, Michigan, Minneapolis, St. Louis, MA, CT and Southern CA.
See you all soon!