Last night as I went to bed, I lay there, and considered the gravity of my choice. Man, my ego was freaking out. The reptilian brain was screaming. All were against the idea of true commitment to run, to the service of others, and to the death of self. It’s primary weapon is fear and self doubt. “You can’t do that”…”Think of your mother, how worried she will be about you”…”What if? What if? What if?”…”You will die.”

My ego is right. I can’t do it. But, the way of the universe, the greatest truth as I have observed it the way of love. If the number one most pervading thing that I have witnessed in my few years here is love, and if my fervent attempt is to live in that way, why would the universe stand against a path who’s only intent is to love?

My mother, father, and friends will worry for me. Or perhaps concern is a better term. But, it perhaps will be a testament to them that love is the only way. But, as we have seen over and over throughout history, once one person makes a choice, others find it easier to make similar ones. Once the Wright brothers flew, air travel was just a moment away. Once Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Gandhi stood up things changed. More recently, when this woman in Egypt posted on Facebook that she was no longer shackled by fear…things changed. Conceivably, if I am lucky, I will be able to watch others step out in their own way in love.

I will die. Eventually. One day. Perhaps tomorrow. But, how many people really live? I mean, is this all their is to life? To work at a job that you mostly despise, to come home tired after a commute in an hour of traffic, to constantly worry about bills, debts, and collecting the latest fashions? I know so many artists, people who have the gift of creating, who don’t create any longer. Their focus in creating was only on money, but not the joy of building something beautiful…of witnessing the beautiful…to being a witness of that beauty.

So, how appropriate that my friend Scaughdt sent me this this morning:

“Lay down your burden, beloveds. Why must you make everything so hard on yourselves? Not one thing has ever been solved or a single burden ever made lighter through worry. Release, let it go and bask in the glory that today brings.”

~ unknown (“Robin”)

I am also reminded that love is above all things. At nearly half of all weddings, Corinthians 13 is read. It is a chapter of a letter written by the apostle Paul to the people of Corinth. In the Torah (the first 5 books of the bible) there are 613 commandments. When Jesus was asked which of these is the most important he said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” But Paul summed that all into one word: Love. John Lennon and Paul McCartney told us the same, “All you need is love”.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy.
There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time – It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.


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