Discover The True Strength And Power Of Love: We All Can Do It!


Love is the most powerful force in the universe. But no one knows it.

It's been said that if a horse knew how strong it is, it would never allow a human to ride it. By the same token, if we humans knew how loved we are, this world would be a Utopia.

No, I am not an ancient hippie, but I do know love. You see, I've experienced it.

I was young at the time, in my late teens or early twenties and a devout Christian, and had just come home from a church meeting where the preacher had talked about the love of God. I took off my jacket, looked in the mirror, winked at myself and said something like: Mary Ann, you are loved by the guy who made all this. Then something happened. It was as if a presence surrounded me, a warmth like a heated blanket on a cold winter's night. This, however, was made up of pure, unadulterated love. It permeated every cell in my body, every fiber of my being and made me feel like I was floating on air. I was giddy for a week afterwards.

My life went on and I've experienced ups and downs like everyone else, but that love has always been there whether I’'e realized it or not, even now when I'm not really a "church person." 

This incredible love is for there for everyone, not just for me, but for each and every one of us. It's there for you. It doesn't matter what you've done or haven't done; you're loved just the same. It lifts you up and makes you larger than you imagine yourself to be. It gives you strength and perseverance. It sets you free. Free to love yourself even when you're not at your best and free to love others in the same way.

So why is there so much bad stuff happening in our world if we're surrounded by love? I believe that it's because somewhere along the way we've let fear in. Contrary to what most people think, neither hate nor indifference is the opposite of love. Fear is. Think about it. Why do we get angry and why do we hate? Isn't it because on some level we're afraid of losing something? Maybe they're things like our land, our homes or our families, maybe it's something not quite as concrete, like our freedom or our pride.

Winston Churchill, Britain's Prime Minister during World War II, famously said: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." 

Love and fear are like oil and water. They don't mix. The more love you allow into your life, the less room there will be for fear. And love opens you up for joy — and courage. When you live in love, it softens the blows that life gives all of us. You can get up and brush yourself off more easily. It also teaches you not to take yourself so seriously. You find that you can laugh at your predicaments.

The love I'm talking about isn't just some fuzzy-wuzzy stuff. It's the most powerful force in the universe. It's strong and courageous. It works in us so we can mirror those same qualities. It gives us peace when things don't go our way and the will to forgive when we've been hurt or wronged. It gives us the courage to follow our dreams and build wonderful lives for ourselves and our loved ones. 

But what I like most about love is that it's contagious. It doesn't take much to catch it. A heartfelt smile transmits love. So does a hug or a thoughtful word. The more we focus on it and use it, the stronger it gets.

I believe that the Beatles were right. Love is all we really need. Every other good thing comes in its wake.

And when it comes to relationships with that significant other, well, that's a whole other blog post...  ;-)