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Choosing love

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why can't we all just get along? The importance of love in our lives is like none other. We all strive to be loved. The coolest thing about this is we all have the capacity to love, love greatly, love plenty and love selflessly. But why do so many express hate before ever showing love. It doesn't matter if they are strangers or family, everyone deserves to be shown love. A constant battle love vs. hate is. So often we see hate expressed around us in forms of jealousy, belittling, verbal abuse, mockery and many other ways that may often not be recognized or even true. One commonality among these may be the addiction of these emotions and once these are both fed, they both grow. I believe, just as it is one of my purposes in life - to grow love, it is also yours.

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that God has created us with unique qualities and if we learn to show love towards one another versus hate, it would be amazing to see the positive effects that it would have on all of us.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist who combated for racial inequality and in justice with no acts of violence or hate, just by preaching love and peace.

Hateful people breed hateful people and loving people breed loving people. We often have heard how rare and special love is. Once we find love, we must keep it and hold it close to us. Why is it that love does not seem to be free, yet hate seems to grow everywhere. What good is it to share something hateful to someone or about someone? The result is only negative for all involved. This only breeds hate in our hearts and in our lives. What we ought to be doing is expressing our love and gratitude and sharing that with everyone around us.

"If people can learn to hate they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it's opposite." -Nelson Mandela

It takes but a weak mind to spread hate. Hate is comfortable and easy. Hate builds walls and gives the hater a sense of power in his or her words. It is a selfish thing, to be comfortable putting someone down because of one's own insecurities. This is quite cowardly in fact.

To reach love, one must pass hate, but so often making ourselves vulnerable or branching out of a comfortable place can be scary. It takes the courageous and forgiving to posses the power of love and ability to love. The problem is so many are in love with themselves that it is so much easier to live watching other people's pain brought on by hateful words and ways. Caution: One's ego may be bruised in the discomfort of expressing love. Don't feed off the proud and arrogant ways of hatred, but love endlessly without expectation.

Always remember to be kind when given the opportunity. (which is always)

Love is and always will be greater than hate.

Make love a priority by expressing kind words and actions to those around us.

If you have nothing good to say...Don't say it at all.

Your Girl Next Door and So Much More,

Danika Tramburg

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