Love: The Ultimate Action Verb

February 21, 2013

Dictionaries define love as “a feeling of connection and affection.” However, the word itself has very little power until and unless the feeling moves us to act in some way. Love inspires us to reach out to a friend or a family member we’ve not spoken with for a while. Love of the earth inspires us to live more sustainably. Love expects us to forgive, and not to forget. Love implies acceptance, or unconditional positive regard. And as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminds us, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

What are the ways that you use your power to promote love in the world? What are the fears that keep you from loving more fully? What are the ways that love leads you to act?

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