10th Feb 2017
“More love is the great need of mankind.” –
A few years ago I shared a post that suggested we rethink Valentine’s Day as “Golden Rule Day.” The idea being that the day should be a lot more expansive and inclusive than a romantic day of love. Friends, family, coworkers, service workers – everyone you engage with! – should feel your genuine care, even if it is a fleeting moment of gratitude.
I think Valentine’s Day this year is a good reminder to consider why more love is the biggest demand of each and every one of us, especially toward those who we think appear to be the most “unlovable.” Ah…I can almost hear the reluctant sighs.
But consider this: When Christ Jesus described the second-most important divine law, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” didn’t he mean to love unconditionally the divine nature in you and your neighbor? So you are not asked to love the unlovable (whatever is unlike the divine nature), but rather you are commanded(!) to seek and love the divine nature – the lovable – that is inherent in every(!) neighbor.
One way to do that is to offer the loveliest gift of your divine nature: a smile. Best thing is, your smile uncovers and reveals your neighbor’s divine nature when they smile in return :-).
So simple and easy. So reassuring and natural. So effective! Two hearts communicating wordlessly is genuine love that acknowledges the divine nature.
Love is the universal language. Every heart of every age responds to it. Every heart of every nationality recognizes it! Love dissolves boundaries and borders. It opens pathways for resolution and productivity. It melts differences and dissolves discord.
All of this – and more – can begin with the kindest and loveliest of gestures, a smile, from the heart to the heart.
What a great reminder: Valentine’s Day can be universal smile day!
Below is the Valentine which I gave to each of my students. We played the game Apples to Apples each day which taught everyone vocabulary along with the lesson plan. We all laughed as we learned and Nicholas Cage became an inside joke that made learning fun.
I will always remember and be grateful for this class.
Perhaps it was a second chance to make up for the years that the locust hath eaten.
Perhaps it took me being so poor to the human sense to be so rich as teachers don’t make any money compared to my previous career. But I wouldn’t trade any of it to go back.