LOVE ~ such a powerful force.  It gives us security, while making us vulnerable; it is fun, tender and fierce; it allows us to fight rather than surrender.  It is the power that supports caring for ourselves, each other and the world around us.  We all want to love and to be loved and once we experience its formidable magic, we cherish and covet it, all the while realizing and accepting the vulnerability that it brings.  Alfred Lord Tennyson was onto something when he said, “tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

I choose to believe that we are all capable of giving and receiving love, for it is a seed that is embedded in each of us.  Just as we cannot grow what we do not care for,  we cannot share that which we do not have.  There is a beautiful story about an old Cherokee chief who was teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

“The one you feed,” replied the chief.

It is not until we become willing to care for this seed of love, to live expansively, open, and yes vulnerable, to the world and all of life’s possibilities, that we begin to live with love through our hearts.  It is this openness that allows us not only to love, but also to be loved.   And this force is stronger than all others, for it is love that supports joy, peace, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, faith and patience.  It is a power that can be felt by people though thousands of miles apart, it speaks all languages, it can be expressed without words through a look, a touch or kind act, it is a transcendental force.

As we embark on the holiday season, many of us will gather with family and friends, wishing each other peace, joy and merriment.  Recently I wondered, “If I could have ONE thing, what would I want that one thing to be?” And after some contemplation, I decided my one thing would be LOVE.  And so, I wish you all much love!  May you all live wide open and may you give and receive the gift of love…