Humans are social creatures, we hang around each other, paying attention to what each other is up to. We touch, we play, we communicate, we share, and we know how to have fun.
Most importantly, we love.
I have been thinking of this lately. And then, today, I read this quotation by Mother Teresa and said “Yes!” out loud.
We have been created to love…
“Each time anyone comes into contact with us, they must become different and be better people because of having met us. We must radiate God’s love. We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and be loved. Love does not measure…it just gives.” Mother Teresa
First of all, just let this sink in… “We have been created to love and be loved.” …
“Not measure” means: don’t worry about the small stuff (and it is mostly small stuff), lay down competition, let go of judgments, and forgive. And then, this…”Love does not measure.”…
And this…”[Love] just gives.”…
Also, I think love does not “take” either. If you love someone, it is not as if you gave a quantity away and have less as a result. Love is like knowledge–like a lit candle lighting others. It exponentially multiplies when shared. It energizes both the giver and receiver.
(If love exhausts you emotionally or even physically, there is something else going on. And you probably already know what it is.)
We want to love. So lets get busy.
When I was young, I saw author Leo Buscaglia on a talk show. The host asked him, “Do you really love everybody?”
He said, “Who would you like me to exclude?”
Don’t exclude anyone, not even yourself!
And love creates us
We have been created to love but then, love also creates us. Of course, it builds us up and expands us past our previous limits– beyond our shabby self esteems, and create us anew–better and more us than before. Love is a map that helps us find our way to our best self.
Radiate love. Create it and it will create you.
“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” Leo Buscaglia
Give me some love…