If there was ever a time love really mattered, it’s now. That’s because if there was ever a time love seems to have vanished, it’s now. If there was ever a time we need to talk about the warmth and hope of love, it’s now. Don’t give up on it, and never let it go…

But if we can somehow keep our hearts and minds open, the power of love holds the potential to work wonders for us…

Maybe it’s just me. I mean, maybe I’m hypersensitive and hyperemotional. Maybe it’s because I live alone. Maybe I pay too much attention to the news. Whatever the reason, what I’m feeling is real – legit. At least it is for me.

I’m not liking what’s going-on around me. And I care enough – not only for myself – that it hurts. Maybe our friend just above is feeling the same.

Yes, I understand a lot of people aren’t showing their best faces, given the virus and disturbing social and political unrest. But that’s precisely my point. I’m stunned by those faces and the accompanying behavior – coldness, meanness, and hate.

People need to take a long look in the mirror. And I can’t be the only one who feels that way.

Being trained as a counselor it comes naturally to focus upon solutions – relief. Cute sidebar: my daughter calls on occasion with a pressing issue. Good old dad used to listen and blend-in potential solutions. Well, that was until she told me she just needs me to let her vent. Lesson learned (but I still toss-in ideas).

Anyway, when it comes to our current state of upheaval, I really do ponder solutions throughout any given day. And the only thing I can come up with – that all parties may at least understand – is love. 

Truth be told, what I really believe we need is something of a spiritual nature. But I can envision millions turning-away at its mention.

The power of love

power of love

I have always believed in the power of love. Perhaps we’re in the same boat. Still, there are so many that need to come aboard. And we’d “love” to have them, right?

Sure, the power of love can be one tough concept to embrace. Heck, who hasn’t had their share of love rejections and letdowns?

But if we can somehow keep our hearts and minds open, the power of love holds the potential to work wonders for us. It can help us feel so good – by ourselves and collectively.

But, of course, the absence of love can take us down to the depths of anguish and despair. And, to a great degree, that’s what’s going-on these days.

What can we do?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to take this societal, as well as very personal, misery sitting-down.

The first order of business on my side of the fence is self-protection. What good am I to anyone if I’m all dinged-up? I simply cannot allow the coldness, meanness, and hate to eat me alive.

None of us can.

Hey, if that means cutting-back on following the news, so be it. And when it comes to encounters with those of opposing views and closed minds? Why would I sign-up for that? I’m sure there are things you may want to ease-up on.

But you know what? Whether it’s within the context of personal protection or positively influencing others, I’m going to continue to believe in the power of love and exist in that belief. Knowing there’s something more mighty than the world and setting an example is an honorable way to live.

People, we can’t give-up on love, nor can we let it go.

One of my poems

If you follow Chipur you likely know I’ve written a lot of poetry over the years. I’d like to share one of my “love” poems…

Love Is Here

Trust me now
Hold me near
Let me kiss away that tear
‘Cause I’d be giving you my best
A solid rock among the rest

Quiet now and never fear
Fate would never leave you here
Where painful sorts could track you down
And masquerade would run abound

Stable world
Easy sound
Restless likes won’t be around
To complicate the darkest day

For love is here
To show
The way

For my money, that’s just one example of the power of love. I’m sure you can come up with more.

Let’s wrap it up

These are tremendously difficult times, aren’t they? And I wonder if you’ve gotten to a point where you’re thinking love – warm and hopeful – has vanished. Please don’t buy-in to that.

I continue to believe in the power – the presence – of love. Again (and again), don’t give up on it, and never let it go 

The poem I shared comes from my eBook, Feelings & Rhymes Through Treacherous Times

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