Ode To Love...Running with the Baton
Love, and running with the baton began with these wonderful ladies….
Then, Martie Coetser (Martie)
And, Always Exploring (Ruby)
Ruby, in turn, passed the baton to me in her comments. I am honored and humbled to have been asked to share a few thoughts. :-)
Universal Love ...
Universal love. When it is true, it is the shape-shifting force that is the miracle of humanity. It moves beyond the words; in feeling, expression and action, it is the doing that makes it true. More than this, love is understanding and hope.
Every major religion and spiritual philosophy we know shares a common precept: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and “Love others as you would have yourself be loved by them.” When this love is true, it knows no prejudice, convenience or boundaries of the heart.
Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.
--- William Shakespeare
We know that our blue planet and solar system are far older than mankind, and that we inhabit one of billions of galaxies in the universe. Whether humanity's earthly existence is but a relatively tiny march of days or a breath in time… that we were here at all is part of the miracle. Who could not be in grateful awe of this astounding and magnificent alchemy? We have such possibilities. Such gifts we have been given: To love, understand and celebrate the connections we share with everyone and everything that surrounds us. How fortunate we are to share this beautiful blue that drinks the light and gives us life each and every day. The knowledge of how all things exist in relationship reminds us that we have been entrusted with its loving care.
One of my true inspirations on the Hub needs no introduction…we all know and love her. She is Nellieanna Hay. Her stunning, vital poetry journeys us beyond the words on the page to explore infinite possibilities with a profound and lasting resonance. Nellieanna’s unique voice personifies the very spirit of love that is true…it is not hearing, but listening; not looking, but seeing.
Love may be vivid; it may be misty, but it is an ever glorious subject and even more so, a glorious emotion. What a privilege to experience love! One is never deprived but nourished and fulfilled simply by feeling love in one's heart.♥
When it comes time for me to finally leave this earthly life, my humble wish for everyone will embrace more than the remembrance that we were loved, but that we loved. And whether this lingers in whispers on the wind or in music of the soul, it will be there…in the saying without the words...
© Original text copyrighted by Genna East. All rights reserved. “So Was Red” was composed by Thomas Newman for the closing scene of "The Shawshank Redemption." Red’s final words as narrator are, “I hope…” The photographs were selected by Thomas Cooper of YouTube who created the video.