Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Love is All Around


"Love really is all around." --From the opening scene of Love Actually

Have you ever had one of those days when love really is all around? For me it was Saturday. All day, everywhere I looked, the Universe was sending me reminders to love, love, love.

At my yoga class I parked my mat in the first row (which I never do) and there in the floor was a little heart formed from the whorls and swirls of the wood.

As I came inside the house after class, I stopped at our Little Free Library and there, staring out at me, was a small hardback volume of a book entitled How to Love.

And later, when I sat down to relax with a cup of tea, I picked up a coffee table book we have had for years (Monet: Water Lilies) and came across this quote, "Everyone discusses [my art] and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." (Claude Monet)

This strikes me as a profound statement about life as well as art. It is not necessary to understand, it is simply necessary to love.

If you are like me you spend a great deal of time trying to understand things. WHY did this happen and not that? WHY did that person do that or react like that or say that? WHY do things feel so hard sometimes? WHY? WHY? WHY?

This is not a bad thing in and of itself, but it can hold us back when trying to understand becomes an excuse not to act or not to love.

What signs are you being shown today to just love, love, love?

[I photographed this straw heart last year in a diner on the Olympic Peninsula. I looked down and there it was, a little reminder to love. Drew Barrymore has written a whole book about these chance encounters with love. It is called, "Find it in Everything."]

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