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Love Is Here on Earth

I have often felt that LOVE is what we are here to feel and give to each other.

Many share how I feel so why don’t we have stories of LOVE everywhere?

Ever since I was little, I felt it often and deeply. It was inspiring and a bit frightening but warming, a bit overwhelming yet comforting. I was raised to hold my feelings in, medical training tried reinforcing this, but that didn’t work very well for me. I didn’t adapt well and do as I was told. I felt LOVE every time I witnessed a simple act of kindness – you know, that sensation that wells up your tears and feelings. That is LOVE

Love Makes Us Feel

I feel it every day with my patients and staff, my dogs, my cat, my family, and friends, and even with total strangers – it is ever-present and sustains life. It awakens joy and the will to live. It brings depth and meaning to the simple moments that make life worth living.

Last week when the snow fell heavy and deep, I was on the freeway on my way to work. A snowplough entered the on-ramp, ploughing and salting, clearing the path. I was overcome with gratitude for the driver, a total stranger to me whose act of kindness saved us from skidding, who was up early, making it safe for us to go wherever we needed to go. Yes, this was his job, but I chose to see it as an act of kindness. I chose to see it directed at me and the others on the road at that moment in time. My heartfelt warmth, my tears welled. I was so thankful. I saw his work also as an act of LOVE.

Then, I stopped at the coffee shop and the owner had been there early on that cold morning making sure the hot coffee was ready and waiting, to warm me on my drive to work. She was grateful for my presence and I was grateful for her efforts – again, LOVE.

When I arrived at work, the sidewalk was already salted by a stranger who made sure I didn’t fall on my way to the front door. Yet, another act of LOVE and

As I walked in the door, I was greeted by my beloved patient who came early to fill out paperwork so we had our time together without it being cut short by protocol – an act of LOVE.

This was all on one day before 9.a.m.!

Before my day even started, I felt loved. I felt that all the LOVE was directed at me. I took it in and it filled me up.

If we remember to be grateful for the many ways we LOVE each other every day and hold this sacred, our world will change. What matters will be valued more than not mattering.

Think about this. It can make all the difference in our experience on Earth.

LOVE is present everywhere we choose to see it.

Make sure your day is filled with gratitude for the many acts of LOVE that come the way that you may otherwise miss.

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