Dear Why Team member,
I hope this week's message finds you well, encouraged, and loving.
This week we consider:
Why, True Love Waits.
One of my favorite songs titled True Love Ways was written and performed by Buddy Holly; he wrote it for his wife early in their marriage, and the song touches me every time I hear it.
My wife Rebecca and I recently went to a local playhouse to see The Buddy Holly Story. If you get a chance to see it, it will be time well spent.
During the performance of his song True Love Ways, it occurred to me that one of the attributes, or ways, of true Love, is patience - you could say true Love waits.
Waits for what?
Us, each and every one of us, to get beyond the ways that keep us unaware of its presence.
My experience has been that true Love is ever-present, and it's waiting for us to slow down to experience it.
We are all connected by our shared humanity and mortality, the grave being the ultimate equalizer of us all.
How many of our preconceived ideas on everything from how to fold laundry to the importance of tightening the cap on the milk bottle become rules we not only impose on ourselves but project onto everyone around us?!
Because we are creatures of habit, and we like to follow familiar patterns that keep us feeling comfortable. Maybe True Love Waits for us to simply calm down, wake up, see and experience life beyond the ways we think it should be functioning.
True Love goes beyond rules and patterns and connects us all.
How much more effective will we be when we remind ourselves that beneath all the tension and behind all the separation, fostered by our fearful, anxious egos, we are one? We are all family and connected by a great feeling we call Love, a feeling I believe is always there waiting to be felt and experienced.
A common expression in recent years has been: Love Wins.
Why Does Love Win?
I think it wins because it's ever-present; while all else has come to pass, Love prevails.
So many ancient teachings invite us to be more present. Is it in the present moment that true Love waits? Waiting for our fears and anxieties to dissipate? How much more loving could we be if we were more aware of the guard we put up to avoid feeling hurt, unseen and unappreciated? And with that awareness, be more empowered to let that guard down more often to experience the true Love that waits. Imagine seeing the true Love that waits behind everyone else's fears and anxieties - which are really just our developed ways of dealing with the brutal truth of our mortality. Life is short, consider the true Love that waits in you and in others and how you might foster an environment that would raise more conscience awareness of it.
Leaders Go First; consider those thoughts and beliefs of yours that may be keeping your ability to love and experience Love waiting?
Maybe it is the way of Love that life distracts us just enough to make the experience of Love all the more valuable. Here is a portion of the lyrics from Buddy Holly's song:
Sometimes we'll sigh
Sometimes we'll cry
And we'll know why
Just you and I
Know true love ways
This week, consider that just maybe Love is ever-present, waiting for us to be more present and more conscious to experience it. And the more we feel Love, the more we'll have it for others.
Make it a great week!