Good Morning to all. It is very cold here in the Chicago area this morning. A time to think about all those who may not have a home today. This would be the time to be thankful for heat and a roof over our heads. I cannot even fanthom being in the cold on a day like this without a place to go. Prayers are said today for all those who are found in this situation.
Yestday I performed at the Wilmette Sunrise Senior Alzheimer center. I did a program for MLK day and combined it with black history. I must share what an amazing experience that was for me. The residents were totally engaged and locked in on each word. They were sparked with interest and amazement. They had questions galore! I shared with them amazing facts that I had just learned....like MLK's and his father's birth name was NOT Martin, but Michael. His father changed it when his son was about 5. Well, anyway. I found such pride in knowing that all of us old dogs can still learn new tricks...or information as in this text. Being with these people are just amazing to me and I am so very greatful that I have the type of job I have. Storytelling is a rewarding job.
With February just around the corner, I am gearing up for all my performances for Valentines Day. This brings me to today's word. LOVE. This word had so many different connotations, now doesnt it? There are so many meanings to the word love. You can love so many people in so many different ways. To love a child...so maternal and instictive. To love a friend....differnt types of love for differnt types of people. You can love a spouse. To love an object. To love a situation, a home, a subject. To love God. How greatful I am for that word. It goes far beyond like. You can't see it, but you know when it is there. There you can't touch it, yet it touches you! No, not like someone's hand, but yet it pulls and tugs at you. Without love you feel alone and depressed. It's what make the world go round as they say! Indeed it does. It has a domino effect. It makes you smile and laugh. It makes you feel happy and glad. It makes you feel safe and content. From the very moment we are born, we are looking for love. From our parents, siblings, friends, lovers, God. The search continues all our lives. Striving to keep it or make it bettter. So much meaning to such a small word. To love is such a gift...to be loved is an even greater gift. To be loved unconditionally...now there is the treasure! In the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" they say that each time a bell rings, an angel gets it's wings. Love have a similar payback. Whether we are here or have gone beyond...each time someone thinks of us...what a gift! How often have you thought of someone you have lost? Had a memory that made you smile, cry or laugh? We love til it hurts sometimes. We love with all our hearts. And we love forever in most cases. Even loves we have lost still hold a piece of our hearts. What a powerful word. I hope that in your lifetime you experience every sort of love there is. Wrap yourself up in it today...I know I will, and that will keep me plenty warm.
The quote for the day:
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu