Colds aren’t the only things that are contagious; love is too. In light of the tragedy and sadness our world has seen over the past week, it’s important to remember that while hate and terror spread easily, love can and should be spread.
But where is the love? we may ask when we wake up to horrific CNN alerts and spot disturbing headlines on news sites throughout our days. I’m not here to attempt to say that our world is not a scary place and that these situations are anything but heart-breaking. If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s that love is often hard to spot, especially during these times.
But I am a firm believer that love is out there, and I’m encouraging us to look for it throughout our daily lives. Look for love in the smiles and laughter of strangers. Look for the love in the mother and son holding hands on the walk to school. Look for love in the co-worker who sits beside you when you’re overwhelmed and feel like you’re drowning. Look for love in the significant other, friend, or roommate who seems to never become tired of listening to your problems and being your shoulder to cry on.
Looking for love is only the first step. In order to spread love, we must be love. Be the smile, the patience, the joy, the compassion, the encouragement that others are looking for. Be the coworker, the friend, the significant other, the roommate, the family member who brings love to others.
Seeing love, being love and spreading love will not solve the issues facing our society and it will not take away the pain and fear that so many live with. But love is more than just a response to a problem. Love is the strongest feeling and the truest emotion and that gives it the power to make the important impact that we all need it to.
Today, I encourage you to look for love; to be love. Together, we will spread love.
Photos by: Olivia Choi
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