Love is a many splendoured thing!
Is there any force in this world greater than love?
What choice can change our life?
One tree can start a forest,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One word can frame the goal,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
And......one choice can change our life.
Think about that. One choice, just one, can change our life forever. Simply put our life today is what our choices have made it, but with new choices, we can change directions this very moment.
We are always one choice away from changing our life. And that choice is none other than LOVE which is highly motivational and offers tremendous hope, happiness, confidence and inspiration, regardless of our circumstances, for a better tomorrow.
So much has been said, written, sung and immortalised about love all through the centuries, yet it has been a deeply misunderstood force in the world. I ask myself why people do not know how to give and receive love. From time immemorial love has been the only factor keeping people happy, at the same time the lack of it causing untold misery between individuals and nations. It is so easily given and received yet it remains elusive to so many.
Loving others is one of the best ways to become a better person because it arises from the heart and we learn to trust and understand one other. In this process we learn to be more giving and selfless which is an incredibly beautiful thing. The word 'love' can also apply to objects, places, memories and experiences all of which stem from the love of people. For example, I love the sound of birds chirping because it reminds me of my family home where I grew up. I love the sound of howling rain beating on my bedroom window because it reminds me of crawling into bed with my parents when I was small, feeling absolutely safe. I love to hear the sound of music that reverberated in my home during my childhood days. Love is something everyone can experience from young, and as we get older we get more opportunities to love others and to be loved in return.
Love, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is that unspeakable connection to certain people or things for unexplainable reasons. It is very abstract, can be hard to describe and yet real, and is something that everyone defines differently and applies to many different types of things. It heightens our emotions and makes us feel truly alive. People never lose their fascination with love, because it is inside us all to feel it, to share it, to let it fill our lives and those of others. Although love is expressed as an action and experienced as a feeling, it has an essence and power that resists defining in any single way––it encompasses compassion, tolerance, endurance, support, faith, determination and more. Love reaches beyond romance and embraces us in all walks of life as we encounter one another and make choices about respecting and caring for each other.
The purest form of love is unconditional love that I find the most beautiful. This is the type of love which parents shower on their children - love that is pure, untainted, deep, enduring and unchanging, something that exists despite unfavourable circumstances, and which some will argue is the only kind of real love.
Love is undoubtedly the most splendoured force in the world. As I write this article my mind is transported back to the timeless 1955 American drama-romance movie, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" which, set in 1949-50 Hong Kong, tells the story of a married, but separated, American reporter Mark Elliot (played by William Holden), who falls in love with a Eurasian doctor Han Suyin originally from China (played by Jennifer Jones), only to encounter prejudice from her family and from Hong Kong society. The movie also immortalised to the world the famous and much-loved song by the same name that has been sung countless times by many famous singers and heard in movies such as "Grease", "In the Cold of the Night", "St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold", and "The Nutty Professor 2". The song was also referenced in "Moulin Rouge!" where Christian says, "Love is like oxygen - love is a many splendored thing - love lifts us up where we belong! All you need is love!."
There is no shortage of love quotes, love poems and the like but I will conclude this article with some thought-provoking but starkly powerful and all too real lines from some eminent luminaries:
"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love". - Max Muller.
"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge". - Thomas Carlyle.
"A loving heart is the truest wisdom". - Charles Dickens.
"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind". ― William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage". ― Lao Tzu.
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love". ― Mother Teresa.
"Where there is love there is life". - Mahatma Gandhi.
"And, in the end
The love you take
is equal to the love you make". ― Paul McCartney
"O tell her, brief is life but love is long". - Lord Alfred Tennyson