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So, today while the boys were at school and the hubs was at work, I had a revelation. It happened while I was trying to make lunch for Sophie (my one year old).

She danced around my feet, giggling and playing, insisting that I pick her up. Each time I put her down to try to finish making her food, she hugged my legs again, trying to climb me.

Each time, I smiled and picked her up. Finally, I just decided it was time to multi-task and put her on my hip while I finished up.

At that moment, something amazing occurred to me. I hope y’all are sitting down, because this is a doozy.

Most of us, as parents, do what we can to give our kids the material things they need and want, right? And, it feels good to do that, I think.

But, I realized standing there in the kitchen, the material things don’t really mean anything. While I’d understood this concept in the past, it hit me on a new level that, while there are a few big “material” moments I’ll never forget from my childhood (like the time I got my first Barbie Dream House), most of my happy childhood memories are about times that my parents showed me they loved me. And most of my happy grown-up memories are about showing or being showed love.

For example, my dad is a river boat captain. I still have the letters he used to write me while he was on the boat. The first time my mom sent me to Girl Scout camp, she wrote me a letter every day. I still have each one.

I remember how proud they were the day I graduated. I remember how they held each of my babies in their arms for the first time, in as much awe as I was.

I remember the day my husband proposed to me, every detail. I remember our first date, our first kiss, our yesterdays. I remember each of my babies’ birth and so so so many special moments with each of them. I look forward to our tomorrows, but I’m in no hurry. I’m too busy enjoying our todays…

And today, as I made lunch holding my daughter on my hip, I realized that the most important gift we can ever, ever give to our children is love and acceptance.

As this realization washed over me, I found myself telling Sophie that all I want for her in the world is that she’s happy, safe, and healthy. The rest, I told her, is up to her.

It’s what I want for all three of my children. To become who they want to be, to be truly fulfilled.

So, today, I have just a small challenge for you. I want you to take a few moments, and think about a time that someone in your life did something that made you KNOW that you were loved. Think about how amazing it felt right then, and allow that feeling to resurface.

Then, pay it forward.

Show someone how much you love them. It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture, just a little something can make all the difference in the world.

Maybe you can send your mom a card, take your kid out on the town, or spend some extra time with your bff. Maybe you need to treat your cat to a special dinner, or take soup to a sick neighbor. And have you called your Grandma lately?

Love is an important element in personal fulfillment. Don’t keep yours tucked in a neat little box. Let it flow into your every action. Move with love, feel with love, live with love. As the Beatles said so eloquently in that celebrated melody:

There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

Give it a shot. I promise you, it’s all worth it. 🙂

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11 Responses to All We Need Is Love

  1. You are right.. it is a basic idea in the laws of attraction and flow of positive energy.
    I learned a long time ago that I was better off telling the ‘loved’ people in my life, that I loved them. My boys that I grew up with, my siblings and my family.. I always say we never really hugged our parents much as children.. but I realize it wasn’t “us”.. it was me.. I never did. I don’t know why.

    So now I spend moments that I am able to – emitting the kind of positivity that I would like to get back. The people, I love, people around me that need a hand or a kind word.. and myself. I love myself. I can get as mad as the next guy, or irate at the silly things – but in the end I effort to be a good person.

    Do it today. Don’t wait until tomorrow. You got a good vibe going on this one.

  2. I can think of two significant moments in just the last few months.
    I know I say it everytime, but you’ve hit a chord again. Bravo!

  3. My greatest memories have always been of moments, with my sister, best friend, parents. Its what makes life so significant.

  4. Another beautiful post! I’ve been so busy lately and have a lot of catching up to do on my blogs. Looking forward to reading all of the ones I’ve missed of yours! Happy holidays and happy new year!
    In peace,
    Joanna

  5. How true this is. As I’m frantically studying and so is hubby I’m realizing how much our toddler needs ATTENTION and it’s like she’s just aching to be near us. So easy to love them but also so hard in the frenzy of life.

  6. Move with love, feel with love, live with love,,,,

    NICE 🙂

  7. I have a lovely award for you. Stop by when you can.

  8. What a great post. You articulate many of the same concepts and thoughs I’ve been mulling about over the last few months as well. We forget (especially during the commercial Christmas season) that the best things to give are really abundant within our own spirit and essence- we are light, we are love, and these will always be ours to give, no matter what lack we may be experiencing in the material world. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Hi Angie.
    I´d like to wish you a Merry Christmas!
    Lots of Peace, Health and Joy.
    Cheers.

  10. Hi Angie!!

    Hope you’re having a Wonderful Holiday season and Happy New Year!!
    Your post has me singing the song over and over again. 🙂 “All we need is love….”
    The greatest gifts are always the ones from our heart and filled with so much love. Our greatest memories are the same. They are the ones we’ll never forget.
    You are again, right on with this one! “All we need is love….”

    Many Blessings….
    Roxanne and Hugo
    ~ Believe Achieve ~

  11. Ideally, we should not only love the people who love us but those also who are “unloving” people. Even the “unloving” people love people who love them. So what difference does it make if we’re only able to love people who love us?
    Love this post.
    I wish you a very happy, blessed and abundant New Year.

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