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What’s l-o-v-e got to do with it, HUH?!

insights Joan Winifred love

Toward Myself

The years have made up my face

with memories of love,

adorned my head

with light silver threads

and made me beautiful.

Landscapes are reflected

in my eyes,

the paths I trod

have taught me to walk upright

with beautiful, though tired steps.

If you should see me now,

you would not recognize the yesterdays you knew.

I go toward myself with a face

you looked for in vain

when I went toward you.

Leah Goldberg (1911-1970)

Translated from the Hebrew by Robert Friend

From Love Songs from an Ancient Book

I have not seen you, even in dream,

since we parted. The nights descend

on my sleep like heavy clouds.

Suffocated, silenced, I search for you no longer.

My blood has dried in the desert wind.

My heart is humbled. And the morning star

no longer distills its blue and gold,

its honey light upon my trembling eyelids.

But sometimes in that season when the rain

descends and from the dying fields

odors of withering rise at twilight,

the memory of your gentle, innocent voice

awakes my silence with a sound of kindness–

tidings of joy transcending all my days.

Leah Goldberg (1911-1970)

Translated from the Hebrew by Robert Friend

When a person cultivates/knows/practices genuine love: they don’t  endanger anyone’s physical/mental/emotional well-being to satisfy their own selfish desires…say for power, glory, pleasure, money.

When a person cultivates/knows/practices genuine love: they LOOK for ways to show kindness!:) especially to anyone/any breathing-fragile-life in need of such kindness, help, understanding, warmth… compassionate friendship.

When a person cultivates/knows/practices…mature love aka agape…logical love and say not infatuation/lust…(aka lack of self-control over sexual impulses or having a broken zipper and not knowing how to zip up one’s own pants)…a person displays loyalty and faithfulness and is not quick to break hearts/commit acts of betrayal…for a fleeting moment of pleasure that can bring enduring  pain.

What if love is lacking in us? “If I . . . do not have love,” said the apostle Paul, “I have become a sounding piece of brass or a clashing cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1) A clashing cymbal produces a harsh noise. What about a sounding piece of brass? Other versions say “a noisy gong” or “a resounding gong.” What apt illustrations! A loveless person is like a musical instrument making a loud, jarring noise that repels rather than attracts. How could such a person enjoy a close relationship with others? Paul also said: “If I have all the faith so as to transplant mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2) Just imagine, a person without love is “a useless nobody,” despite any works that he might perform!

IF everyone on the planet chose to cultivate/learn/practice unselfish/mature/logical love…among other positive qualities…would we see all the atrocities, killings, beheadings, rapes, etc., etc., etc., unspeakable deeds of hate??

Please check out this excerpt on a favorite topic of mine: Love:

Love. . .does not behave indecently.” A person who behaves indecently acts in an unseemly or offensive manner. Such a course is unloving, for it shows an utter disregard for the feelings and welfare of others. In contrast, there is a graciousness in love that moves us to show consideration for others. Love promotes good manners, godly/compassionate conduct, and respect for our fellow human. Thus, love will not permit us to engage in “shameful conduct”—really, any behavior that would shock or offend.

“Love. . .does not look for its own interests.” The Revised Standard Version says here: “Love does not insist on its own way.” A loving person does not demand that everything be done his way, as if his opinions were always correct. He does not manipulate others, using his powers of persuasion to wear down those who have a different view. Such stubbornness would reveal a measure of pride, and the Bible says: “Pride is before a crash.” (Proverbs 16:18) If we really love our brothers, we will respect their views, and where possible, we will show a willingness to yield. A yielding spirit is in harmony with Paul’s words: “Let each one keep seeking, not his own advantage, but that of the other person.”—1 Corinthians 10:24.

“Love. . .does not become provoked . . . ,does not keep account of the injury.” Love is not easily provoked by what others say or do. True, it is only natural to become upset when others offend us. But even if we get justifiably angry, love does not let us remain provoked. (Ephesians 4:26, 27) We would not keep a record of hurtful words or deeds, as if writing them in a ledger so that they will not be forgotten. Instead, love moves us to imitate our loving God/Yahweh. ~excerpts Go On Walking in Love

Which way are you waking??i hope we meet:)

on the same path of love…the learning to practice/cultivate/know/live it path…aka the beautiful music of impartial compassion for all Breathing-Fragile-Life on our Beautiful Planet Earth!!!:)

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