This is my 100th blog ever – and what started off three weeks ago as a firm commitment to my friend Kavit Haria to post 100 articles by the end of January has manifested.
My writing over the last few weeks and the articles have become a real labour of love. Which neatly brings me to the topic of love. For my 100th article, I had to choose the only thing that truly matters.
To me, life is very simple. Love is all that matters. If you get that message right now, then read no further – I have already served my purpose. Now go and live the rest of your life with that mantra in your heart. You will have daily miracles in your life.
However, if you want to learn more, then stay with me and let’s share a journey of exploration which will ultimately bring even more love into our world.
Love is the most amazing thing in our lives. It is what makes us human, what makes life worth living. Nothing else truly matters. The size of our homes, bank balances, the beauty of our spouse, the speed of our car. All those things pale into insignificance when we face the splendour of what it is that makes us tick.
Love does not make the world go around – it simply makes the ride worthwhile.
Love is not the highly commercialised circus we see on Valentines Day. It is much deeper and much more profound than sending someone a dozen roses at hugely inflated prices. It is much more than candle lit dinners and fancy chocolates.
Here in the West, we have forgotten how wonderful it can be to just love someone for who they are and to accept them. There is always a catch – a kind of tit for tat. We have forgotten to love our selves. We hold grievances against others for supposed petty hurts and forget their magnificence.
Yet we all yearn for that deep connection with others, those moments of bliss, joy, completeness. We crave to have more of those delicious moments we may have had with a romantic partner. Such moments seem so rare and forlorn.
We all remember the blissful moments when strangers have shared their love and made a difference. We all remember the feeling of gratitude in the eyes of someone whom we have helped. We remember how great it feels to do something for someone without expecting anything in return. We cry when we see happy stories on our TV screens of families reuniting. Such stories touch our hearts and yet they are so rare, as we continue to get bombarded with so much doom and gloom by all the propaganda around us.
We remember the sheer joy of children playing and the love in their eyes. Our hearts skip a beat, we get goose pimples and we get teary eyed when we witness an act of sheer love, pure, unadulterated and unconditional. Such moments literally take our breath away.
Love is much greater than what we feel romantically. It is what makes us sing, dance and makes us human.
I always wonder why there is so much pain in the world. My heart broke at the age of nine, when I first saw pictures of starving children in India and Africa. I remember feeling so exalted to hear Dr Kissinger say that within a decade, the human race will have eradicated starvation from the face of the planet. That pledge now seems a distant and painful watershed.
The world today is just not working – our tried and tested methods have failed. We need to review our core values and to see just where we are headed.
If there was enough love in the world, we would simply not tolerate a single human being starving. As Gandhi said – “There is enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed“.
However, there is enough love in each of our hearts to heal the world. We have simply forgotten this as we all strive to get bigger, better and to get somewhere. Usually though when we get there and have these things, we find forlorn emptiness. Yet there is a better way. Open your heart to what is possible.
There is no political, social, cultural agenda here. Together we can help the human family get back to its roots and claim its legacy – a world of caring, sharing and growing together. It will feel like coming home.
Join in my journey of discovering a new way of being. Let go of all your fears and know your life can be so full of love it will simply overwhelm you. Let us experiment with love together and see where we end up.
There are so many simple things we can all do on a daily basis to bring more love into our lives. Together we can all make this an even better and more beautiful world than it already is.
What have you got to lose – except perhaps your fear of being hurt, let down, taken advantage of? Once you became aware of the miracles that love can produce you will want more of the same. Your situation will change, people around you will change and you will change. You will become human again.
Let us all become human again together, and manifest even more love in our already magnificent world.
A world of love, love and love always.
After all, nothing else matters.
I wasn’t just your accountable partner in this, through your writing, I became a student, stuck in awe by the teacher’s commitment and dedication to bring values of gratitude, love and peace to the greater world. Thank you for leading by example.
Well done Arvind, you did it, the whole 100!
And thank you so much for gifting me your book; it’s a gift that will stay with me forever, a truly inspirational read!
Keep it up!
PS – Sanj was ecstatic about the win on Tuesday!
Well done on achieving what you set out for and keep up the good work!
Dear Ruby and Mallica,
Thank you so much for your good wishes. It was the encouragement from friends like you that kept me going.
Thank you Kavit for your kind words – it was you holing me to my ppledge that kep me going. I never doubted I would do it even though it was quite tight in the end!
Love to you all.
Wonderful and spot on. Tremendous achievement!
Thank you for sharing
Kuldeep, welcome to my blog.
And thanks for your kind words – I really appreciate that coming from someone like you who walks the path of love:-)