If you are too young to understand, wait awhile. You will undoubtedly experience pains that prove this point – life is lonely, unkind and unfeeling.
Love isn’t zero-sum games of give and take. It is a much bigger game. Think Ghandi, think Kama-Sutra, think puppy-love, think sweet thoughts, think about anyone’s feelings but your own …
Forget commercialism, chocolate, and romance …
Whether you are alone, feeling alone or feeling filled with life and love today – I have advice for everyone: spread cheer, spread love and feel love.
Love, feeling love, and giving love are things we can all do, feelings we all muster, something we all need. Just because you aren’t gettin’ exactly what you want, need and deserve at this moment doesn’t excuse responsibility to be givin’ it away.
Yes, give some love away.
Touch one person, stroke one animal …
If you can’t find either, put your arms around a tree. Give it a hug.
Not because the calendar says … because giving some love to anyone, in any form, makes wherever you are a little warmer, makes however you are a little better and whoever you are a little braver.
All goodness, all fineness, all loving comes from someone who gave it away.
If you feel love, or felt love ever, it was because someone gave to you.
So, give to someone in need of love.
Give and let give.
Give some more.
Give again. And again.
Give, not till it hurts, but give till the end of you …
Life, I’m convinced, lasts longer for those who are kind and giving.
Maybe it just feels longer.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 1C/34F, strong north wind and rain sprinkles that will likely be snowflakes soon; Gusta enjoyed niffing smelly bare lawn debris … and I just tagged along.
Hi Mark, I have tried on several occasions to email you in the past with no luck – some technical issue beyond my comprehension as to why the emails will not go through I’m sure. I hope this one works. Have been reading your column for many years now and have really loved your musings over the last couple of days. I am struggling through the fallout of a very hurtful breakup at present and your musings are along the lines I would like my mindset to be moving… out of the ruts and into more positive territory. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and words with your reader group every day. Enjoy your extraordinary day and those to come, AB, Calgary, AB
Liked your column today and it reminded me of this from my Wednesday Dilbert calendar: “There’s no kill switch on awesome”, JL, Calgary, AB
1C there and -18C here. And I thought you always were colder there than here in southern Ontario. Nice to hear things are going well for you...I guess it is mostly a matter of perspective, CG, Cobourg, ON