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Love In The Time of Poverty

It has been a while since I have done a "State of the Love" address. I haven't had much love for anything recently and I haven't had much motivation for it.

But it is time for a change. It's time to return to the values, the feelings, the things that make us who we are at our core, the essential elements that display what we are about. And that means a return to love.

What is love? Why is it so important? Why is it so difficult to achieve, so tenuous to hold onto, so fleeting and so fragile? And what's the element of love that makes it what it is and makes us what we are?

There are different kinds of love. And we can love people in different ways. We can love people for their physical beauty, their mental ability, their charm, their foibles. We can love people because they know we don't love them. Or we can love people in spite of who they really are.

But right now, in the world, we are all dealing with a situation that could overshadow things: the global economy.

Do we even have time for love as we all scramble to make certain we don't lose our personal financial stability?

Really, now, more than ever, we need love in our lives. We need it; we deserve it; we must have it.

Love makes life brighter, happier, more meaningful, more valuable. Not to say that if you don't have love, your life is no good, but love is like a spice... it definitely adds flavor!

my first State of The Love Address in 2002 wasn't even that yet. I was just posting some thoughts I had about Valentine's generally. But then the following year, This post took on a more austere tone. but it was 2004 when The State of the Love Address became official. 2005's Address only helped to make things more focused.

The most recent "official" address: 2006 Edition, focused on "The List"®, the qualities you hope to find in the person you want to have in your life. I still believe this will help anyone who is seeking their true love because it will focus yourself on what you are seeking, and that automatically makes it easier to locate what you are looking to find.

and the 2008 entry which wasn't official, rehashed that valentine's mailbox story, yet again. I wish I had other stuff to talk about, since that's really old at this point.

But to get back on track, and to look ahead for this year and all the years that are to follow, love is what we are about. I think back to 9/11/01 and to the people trapped in the flaming towers of the World Trade Center... knowing that they were going to die, calling the people they cared about to say goodbye. That represents humanity at its worst and its best. The hatred of the people who committed that act and the love of those who couldn't escape their fate.

Now, we're in another situation, where institutions are demanding, where we are not as able to afford the trappings of success, or the items that can help define what traditionally have been markers that demonstrate what this emotion is supposed to create.

That's over.

Do we care about each other? Can we relate to each other? Will we ultimately celebrate each other? Is it possible to forgive each other?

I don't know where the world is headed. But I do know that when we get wherever we're going, we're always going to need a few things. Air. Food. Water. Clothing. Shelter. And Love.

Thanks for reading my journal. I may not always say it, but I always think it. I appreciate you being there.

Much love to you tonight, and always.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 15th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I count success by the quality of my relationships. Happy to know you!
Feb. 15th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Much love to you, too, Dean!
Feb. 15th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for linking me back to the '06 State of The Love address. It was just the ticket & this was a lovely entry. ♥
Feb. 15th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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