Hawaii_2011 014 Maui, Hawaii, 2011

SWEET LOVE—the Greatest Gift of All!

“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.” Azar Nafisi (Iranian writer and professor of English literature. She has resided in the United States since 1997 and became an American citizen in 2008.)

Love is a spiritual gift that is nurtured within us in unspoken, priceless ways. The world offers unlimited possibility of experience—people, places and things—that bring richness to our mind, cheer our emotions,  and feed our spirit. Unable to be explained, for many, because how each moment in time, person or occurrence draw us to a better place where we feel ‘right side up’ relies on individual needs, and how each one of us respond to those needs. We all have to ask ourselves, what is it that refreshes the soulful and ‘sweet loving spirit’ within us?

Who is the person, where is the place, and what is the thing that energizes you in such a way that it enhances your ability to live life offering a spirit of sweet love to those around you?

Think on it today. It’s not the same for any two people, but I firmly believe the foundation of ‘sweet love’ we feel, that moves on to overflow onto others originates with our God-given gifts of the spirit. Consciously be aware of the people, the places, the things that fill you with love—and enable you to freely give love to others.  

For example, I naturally love people. I don’t know why. It seems I’m this way more than others I know. It’s interesting to me how connecting with people, beyond the superficial, makes my world feel ‘right side up.’ And when there is havoc all around me, if I sit down to write, peace prevails. It is the thing that brings me feelings of joy and contentment—makes me feel whole. And the places that bring me ‘sweet love’ are many—ever evolving—so I remind myself to take in the blessing people bring me, and the things that I experience that make me feel more whole and authentic to who I am—and to always file away the memory of a special place. These three combine into ‘sweet love’ that I can draw on it to fill and refresh me tomorrow—when the day is sometimes not so pleasant.  

Seek to experience pure and simple ‘sweet love’ today. Bless others with it, and watch for it to be bestowed on you through people, and the interesting and beautiful places you encounter, and the things you experience that make you whole. I think this gift of love will help you feel like your world is ‘right side up!’                 

“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.”  1 Corinthians 2:12

written by Judy Dippel, 2-1-2016