“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” ~ Marc Chagall, Chagall …
If you have not seen the movie “What Dreams May Come,” you should, it is wonderful. There is a scene in the movie where Robin Williams is in a painting, and the world around him is made up of actual paint. What Marc says here reminds me of this scene–that our lives can be every shade, color, and hue, visible to the human eye if we simply paint them with love.
Furthermore, if we wish to provide meaning in our lives, then we must learn to love and to love unconditionally. Only then can we truly feel the sense of completion that is already within ourselves, but that we may keep repressed under the layers of fear, control, and feelings of inadequacy. Here is a secret to life: when we learn to love unconditionally, we no longer need to fear, and we no longer need to protect ourselves. And once we open the gates of the dams we have built to hold back our love, our lives will begin to shift and to change and our love will surround us and pour forth to fill the valleys of sadness in the world.
We finally learn to accept love from others once we have learned to give of our own love–it is arguably the most important paradox of life. Here, we discover that spending more time helping others feel good about themselves and their lives increases our own sense of happiness and makes us feel good about ourselves. We feel the most peace when we do our best to help others find peace.
Share of your love openly with friends and enemies alike. Give generously of yourself to those who need to feel love, and do so without conditions or expectations of receiving anything in return. For when we do so, there is no need to even label it as “love,” as it is quite clear in our actions, in our self-reliance, in our gaze, and in our way of being. And when we learn to paint our lives with that color, what a beautiful mixture of colors we will receive in return as each person shares their own colors of love with us.
Seek to share of your kindness, compassion, and love with those around you.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the things that keep us from loving unconditionally–external and internal factors?
How might we go about strengthening our ability to share our love unconditionally with that people in our lives?
Why do we tend to feel that love must be returned if we are to continue to give our love to others?
For further thought:
“My lack of expertise was more than offset by the love I extended to others. When love fills your life all limitations are gone. The medicine this sick world needs so badly is love.” ~ Peace Pilgrim, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words