All You Need is Love, Single Boomer

25 Apr

Let’s talk about love, fellow single boomer.

At the last wedding I attended, the couple selected familiar scripture as part of the service. (Stay with me here; this isn’t about religion.) The quotes were the usual. From 1 John, “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” And everyone’s favorite from Corinthians, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its on way;… but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endures all things.”

It’s enough to make you want to get married. For many of us, been there, done that. And for those few couples who truly bring joy into each others lives, they experience one of life’s greatest joys and blessings. I admit envy.

But that simply hasn’t happened for me, and long ago I made peace with that.

But it turns out the epistles weren’t talking about married or romantic love. Yes, it’s lovely to hear at a wedding, but the writers were talking about the other love. The kind that  doesn’t know gender or age. But lives forever and inspires emergency workers to run to the blast or  the friendly stranger to allow us to break in the merge line.

It’s paying it forward or trading a smile with a stranger on the street. It’s delivering a package to a coworker or listening when you’d rather be doing something else.

The universal love is the hardest to maintain. People can be so crappy. Offspring impossible. Middle fingers saluting all through morning traffic.

Have you ever tried to love all of humanity? I have. And like running a marathon, I poop out at the first leg cramp or rude comment.  So, let’s give it a try. For the next week, I will wake up every morning ready to love everyone. In my mind, as I meet each person known and unknown, I will tell them mentally that I love them. See if it makes a difference and report back here.

Try it, too, and let me know how it goes. I will check in in 24 hours. See if love makes a difference in me or anyone else.

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