Notably, February has been designated the month where we show those we love the recognition that they deserve. The concept has helped to enrich the candy makers and flower growers considerably but there is nothing wrong with showing someone how much we love them. Whether the tokens of endearment and dedication to a loved one are too commercialized or not is up for debate. However, the concept of love, whether commercialized or not, is very real. This article is not about the presence of love and its being celebrated. Rather this writing is about the absence of love in the world and what happens to a “loveless society.”
Maya Angelou, the celebrated poet of our time, was quoted in Woman’s Day magazine as saying “Love recognizes no barriers, it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” These carefully chosen words suggest that love contains a “power” that cannot be denied … or can it? In the world of today as we have come to know it, there are forces that would otherwise want to impose their wills upon those of us who value the need to love and be loved. Promises are made that will, instead, feed the coffers of materialism as being the most important aspect of life … not love. Without love, we become ill and die a living death. Without love, we become like a flower that withers and dies when it doesn’t receive sufficient water and sun.
Without love, there is a void that tends to consume people with a false sense of what should become the primary factor in a relationship. In the name of sharing our material fortune with another, the reality becomes a sense of selfishness that is a substitution for love but retaining the same name. In order for love to be experienced, there must be a movement toward emotional satisfaction based in a selfless attitude. Love is the giving of oneself to another … whether rich or poor, healthy or infirmed. Love knows no boundaries and needs to be given freely and without conditions. Love is the breath of fresh air that we experience upon leaving a stuffy room. Consider the feelings that are evoked upon holding a sleeping newborn in our arms. Love transcends our personal needs. We cannot truly live without love. It truly is the source of energy that enables us to meet each day with a smile and something to look forward to.
(6 February 2013)
Both as a consultant and author, Charles Bonasera’s story-telling have motivated people to change patterns and resolve problems in their lives. All of his books contain valuable, practical lessons that people can easily apply to bettering and managing their lifestyles. He has also written a myriad of articles which can be found on his website at www.charlesmbonasera.com.