All you need is love…

All You Need Is

Seriously! These words from The Beatles could not be more true… “All you need is love.” With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I was very excited to see a With Love Fridays link up. I am joining in and I hope you will too if you are interested.

So, love… why do we value it so much? I think we value love because it is the very thing that connects us to others. Love comes in all shapes and sizes. We can have love for our parents, our significant others, our children, our friends, our pets, and even for strangers. Love and connection give purpose to life. We have love and connection to a higher power and we also have love and connection with others here on Earth.

I love thinking about love.. is that too much love in one sentence?! In fact, I am often VERY grateful for the opportunity to love another and to feel love back. It’s the coolest damn thing! Isn’t it?! Knowing that another loves you despite all of your quirks. Or knowing that you had a bad day, but you get to come home to a person or pet that loves you and cannot wait to be with you. Or even thinking about the love of a parent. My goodness, do I think about that often and how grateful I am for having parents that both loved me and showed me love daily. Whenever I have children of my own (or if I have children of my own), I know that I will show them the love my parents showed me. And I am so grateful for that. I see the importance of it.

I am picking out a few verses for my wedding and “love” is the very key word I am using to look them up. I still have no clue which ones I am going to choose, but in my search (we are meeting with our officiate tomorrow) I found some good ones so thought I would share. And if you have any off the top of your head, please comment below or email me!

Song of Solomon or Song of Songs 8:6-7
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Always choose love, my friends!

 

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Love Forever

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The Beatles had it right… “All you need is love.”

I was listening to a different song in the car the other day. As most songs are, this one was about love. I was listening to it at just the right time. Does that ever happen to you? You hear a song and BAM you learn some type of lesson, remember some type of really cool memory, or an emotion just hits you like a ton of bricks.

That happened. I had that emotional moment. I could not stop the overwhelming sense of gratefulness that came over me.

You see, love is a gift. In fact, I think it is one of the greatest gift anyone can give you. I know I am not alone in this, but it is so easy for me to take loved ones for granted. It is so easy to forget that a heart is fragile and words, actions, and negativity can hurt another’s heart. The very heart that you hold a piece of.

And this isn’t all romance either I am talking about. I am talking about the raw, truthful love in ALL relationships. The hearts who have been there for you through thick and thin. The hearts that would be broken if anything were to happen to you. The hearts that never stop beating for you. The hearts that are intertwined with yours. Everlasting love.

I was so overwhelmed with gratefulness that day (and still am). In fact, I can’t stop thinking about love and how important it is in my life. It’s been on my mind nonstop ever since. And it should be. Because, I want every heart I hold a piece of to know just how lucky I am to know it. To love it. And to cherish it.

So, if you are one of the many hearts in my life, thank you. Thank you for letting me hold a piece of your heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to receive love from you and I hope that you accept my gift of love to you in return.

Peace, love, and happiness… from your pet!

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I watched a YouTube video today about animals so feel compelled to write about them today.  Who doesn’t love a furry, four-legged creature?  I guess there are a few people out there, but not many.  I feel there is a lot to learn from animals.  I continue to learn daily from my pets, but here are a few lessons I have learned so far:

  1. Animals truly know how to love unconditionally.  Have you ever had a pet that you got mad at earlier in the day and then the moment you come home, he or she is at your feet or in your lap?  Yeah,  I could do better at this.  When I am mad, I can stay mad for awhile.  It’s not that my love goes away, but it doesn’t feel completely unconditional either.
  2. Animals are not on a schedule.  If an animal is tired, it sleeps.  If an animal is hungry, it eats.  If an animal wants to be pet, it jumps in your lap.  They are spontaneous creatures and live in the moment.  Oh, wouldn’t we be better off if we truly lived in the moment?
  3. Animals have fun.  Not that I know how a cat or dog is truly feeling at any moment, but by observing animal behavior it truly looks like they have a good time.  I mean, who else can stay entertained with a ball that jingles, a laser pen, ball of yarn, some shoes to chew, or a stick to play with?  Just like watching children play, this is a humbling reminder that little things all around can be entertaining.   Not just TVs, cell phones, and computers.
  4. Animals can kick ass when needed.  Even though we bring animals into our homes and call them our “pets”, they are still animals.  I love seeing the tigers at the zoo and thinking about how my little cat is related to this big, gigantic tiger.  Animals still know how to flight or fight when needed.  They can kick ass and this reminds me that I should probably take a self defense class sometime soon.  You never know if and when you will need to defend yourself, but you should be well prepared.
  5. Animals do not take part in the rat race.  Okay, this may be a stretch since animals do not have the same mental capabilities as humans do, but it can still count as a lesson.  Animals obviously do not spend hours upon hours slaving over work.  Animals do not purchase materialistic items or live beyond their means.  They make ends meet.  If you have an outdoor pet that you haven’t fed in a few hours, he or she will go find food if he or she is hungry.  Pets live simply.
  6. Animals offer peace.  Time and time again, I will be working my booty off and my cat jumps in my lap.  It makes me laugh because she jumps in my lap and then hops on my left shoulder every time (I guess it is “her” spot).  It also makes me take a moment and just relax.  I pet her fur and I listen to her purr.  It’s a beautiful thing.  It’s peaceful.

I truly do not understand how humans can abuse animals or neglect them.  It breaks my heart, but the reality is that it happens every day.  I just don’t get it.  Animals are full of love, happiness, and peace.  Something we can all strive for.  So to the people who choose to neglect or abuse any animal, I hope karma bites you…. HARD!

What is the greatest thing you have learned from an animal?