Today’s writing challenge (to steal and borrow from others) opens with Satine (Nicole Kidman) and Christian (Ewan McGregor), on top of an elaborately decorated and bejeweled brass elephant, singing an Elephant Love Song Medley to eachother.
“Love is like oxygen. Love is a many, splendored thing. Love lifts you up where you belong. All you need is love.”
“Please, don’t start that again.”
Segway into a Beatles classic –
“All you need is love.” Bwa wa wa wa waaahh “All you need is love.” Bwa wa wa wa waaahh “All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.”
Pause retro dance party for another Segway into an E. E. Cummings poetic masterpiece –
“Here is the deepest secret nobody knows. Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide. And this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart – I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart.”
Without ever really having focused on this before, I’m realizing now that there is a lot of emphasis on “love” in our lives. It makes sense to a certain degree – we naturally seek affirmation, acceptance and care in our lives (forms of love).
Sometimes, however, I think that our society over-uses the concept of love, and ends up creating unrealistic expectations in our minds if we let it. I mean, I just watched a De Beers Diamond commercial where the message on love is about giving a woman jewelry instead of verbally affirming her of love. It doesn’t tell us what love is. All it does is show us that at recognized life events (Christmas), a man is obligated to “say I love you” without words, but with jewelry.
The way I see it, love is different for everyone. Love changes and grows. Love fades. Love burns and nurtures.
Final Segway into my favorite quote on love –
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.