Memorial Day has been gradually morphing from a celebration of war to a celebration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Cindy Waitt at the Waitt Foundation is writing a blog about the loves of our lives. The Waitt Foundation is a leader in preventing domestic violence, and I am beyond intrigued that Ms. Waitt has launched this project:
Much of my work in this lifetime centers on how to create a more peaceful world by preventing violence before it starts. The flip side of violence, I think, is love. Though we hear “the love of your life”…and hear it alot, I think the tale less told is “the loves of your life”.
I’m gathering feedback from women and men about that here and I hope you’ll join me.
Ms. Waitt is wickedly funny and wise. Her first installment “Dating is a process of elimination” made me laugh out loud and brought stinging tears to my eyes. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been on a date. Like many abuse survivors, I’m beyond terrified that I’ll pick Mr. Really Wrong again. However, I’m reading all these articles and statistics about how happily married people live better quality lives and have better health. So, I’ve decided it is time to get fit and healthy and open my heart to love again.
To this end, I have added a Journey 2 Joy blogroll.
Peace on Earth Starts at Home
Why do we too often wait to celebrate someone’s life until after they are gone? My late, great auntie Mame taught me to show people how much we love them every day. She helped me understand that peace on earth starts at home. She celebrated life and love with tremendous passion and enthusiasm. Her summer home on the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan was my favorite retreat. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore is the absolute best antidote to stress.
What the World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love
Burt Bacharach and Hal David recently won the Gershwin Prize for their lifetime achievement. The songs performed during the PBS documentary at the White House brought back memories of a time when our world was filled with hope, optimism, and love. I think we all need more love. Love helps us find winning solutions. Love helps us weather the storms of life. Love fills our hearts with joy and makes life worth living. I hope the lyrics from their song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” will inspire you.