LOVE recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope. ~Maya Angelou
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.’ ~Robert Frost
One of my favorite movies in the “movies-most-people-I-know-have-never-seen” category is a musical version of A Christmas Carol starring Albert Finney as the titular Scrooge. Yes, I know it is February, but I bring this up both in hopes of inspiring a few more of you to check it out and also to reference one of the many catchy numbers involved—a rousing anthem called “I Like Life!” sung as only The Ghost of Christmas Present can:
POW! How can you not feel happy and uplifted after listening to that? Now I will give you a little insight into how it feels to live inside my mind: that song runs through it on a regular, if not daily basis. Even when things frankly suck; even when I am feeling overwhelmed, discouraged or depressed. Perhaps especially then because it reminds me to look for all of the good life has to offer, to remember all the positive available in the world.
Recently many of us have had a hard time keeping our “sunny-side up” due to circumstances…um…beyond our control.
Hey, we voted, we petitioned, we marched, but in spite of this, things might be going in a direction that not only we disapprove of, but has a lot of us going out of our damned minds. So Shareen and I decided that for February, we would affirm all that we LOVE. About life, about each other, about our world.
“Love makes the world go ‘round” is no joke; love is the whole point of being alive. When you boil down the motivating factor behind every single behavior you have, it always comes back to love, love, love. We want to be loved, we want to be loving; we want most of all to be HAPPY, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand that happiness is impossible in a loveless environment. Love is all there is.
We asked our contributors and guests to weigh in on this weighty subject…now more than ever we need to be reminded that the core value of every human being alive is love, whether they can demonstrate it or not. To articulate our vast and varied ideas about how love impacts our daily life is no small task. But the voices behind OTV will not let you down; we will explore the dark and the light, the humorous and the tragic.
Love gives us purpose. Love gives us courage. Love gives us strength.
Love gives life meaning. Love DOES actually make the world go ‘round, as far as we know. Because if we aren’t even sure a tree falling in the forest makes a sound without our observing it, how can we be certain the world would keep spinning without our loving attention to it?
This month we place our loving attention on the world, life and each other.
We the people stand united together as LOVE, knowing we can ‘jump hurdles, leap fences, and penetrate walls to arrive at our destination, full of hope’.