“What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” ***

I have always tried to work on what I thought was most relevant and timely to honor the privilege of having a life to live. In the 70s, that was a transformation from victimhood to responsibility; an awakening to who human beings could be if they came together to have the world work. In the 90s, that was a focus on development; a shift from applying knowledge and know-how to becoming leader-ful and empowered to accomplish worthwhile endeavors. I found people and organizations that were working on these things and I kicked in with them with all of my might.

 

For the last couple of years, I have wondered what the world needs now. What is relevant and timely?   I have always thought that the most important thing is to be a good person motivated by love; the love of life, the love of others, the love of the most high energy and spirit that gives life. At times, I have been admonished for having this view; being told that it can make one a bit naïve about the evil and self-serving interests in the world.

 

I don’t buy that. From love, you see it all. You see the evil. You see the hate. You see the manipulation. You see what eats away at people and what turns them in to deniers of truth. You see people struggle with personal and possessive love, when instead they could experience much higher, inspired, and universal love.

 

So, naïve or not, and in the face of the daily news of how evil is thriving and having its day with us, I have come to the conclusion that “what the world needs now is love, sweet, love; it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

 

Can we be strong enough to bring love to bear on the challenges we face? Can we stand toe to toe with people who claim that money is more important than care for each other and the planet? Can we support the companies that work from an inspiration to serve our world and empower them to do the right thing, not the most self-serving thing? Can we bring forth the kind of love that had people march for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, etc.?

 

Can we, with great love, share our gifts and talents in the workplace, in our businesses, through accomplishments that serve and support others, with our families and friends? We can or we can be disheartened and discouraged.

 

In my view, it is time to rise up and discover how to bring love to bear where we are challenged and compromised. Love is transformative. Love calls us to develop and improve. What the world needs now is love. What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts and what inspires you?

 

Much love,

Rev. Dr. Gail E. Cantor

***What The World Needs Now”…… Written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Full lyrics at http://www.gailecantor.com/love/

 

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