Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What if the mightiest word were love?

What if the mightiest word were love?

What if we opened our eyes in the morning, took a deep breath in, and remembered that our purpose on this planet is to love?
What if we gave someone a hug before we took our first sip of coffee?
What if we stepped out of our house and thought “how will I love today?”
What if we saw each encounter with another person as an opportunity to love them?
What if we started off all our conversations with the words “I love you?”
What if we sought out love to dissolve differences?
What if we always asked “how may I help you?" without hesitation?
What if we trusted that love was more powerful than any of our fears?
What if we spent time each day clearing out all our thoughts so we could feel love?
What if we imagined we were breathing in love with each breath, and that we were breathing out love each time we exhale?
What if we got 10 hugs a day?
What if every child was told they were great just the way they are?
What if we laid in bed each night thinking of all the people we love rather than the things we fear?
What if the mightiest word were love?

Inspired by the inauguration poem "Praise Song for the Day." Here is an excerpt:
"What if the mightiest word
is love?
Love beyond marital, filial, national.
Love that casts a widening pool of light.
Love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
In today's sharp sparkle, this
winter air, any thing can be made,
any sentence begun.
On the brink,
on the brim,
on the cusp,
praise song for walking forward in that light."
Elizabeth Alexander

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