This Easter weekend is a very special and holy time for many throughout the world. While this blog is open to anyone, no matter what your faith or views, there are some important things (spirits, feelings) that I associate with Easter that I believe are important for all of us to remember. These resonate with me even more this year after the heartbreaking destruction that occurred this past week in Brussels and the violence and hate that is sadly becoming commonplace in many parts of the world.
One of my favorite bands, The Beatles, once sang “all you need is love, love, love is all you need”. Love is what makes the world go ‘round. Love creates and sustains us. It lifts us up when we are low and keeps us going when the road gets rough. We all crave love, need love to survive and be healthy human beings.
Hate and anger bring destruction, violence and death. They breed sadness and hurt and heartbreak. There is no place for hate in this world. Fight hate with love. Spread love and be love, every day. You may change someone’s life for the better without even knowing it. You may change the world.
Hope is such an important feeling. The hope that there will be a better tomorrow. The hope that evil will be overcome. The hope that love will triumph. The hope (and belief) that what we are doing today is making our world a safer and better place to live. You can also call it faith.
Without hope, we lose an important arrow on the compass of life. We can get lost, depressed, wonder what the point of life is, even become influenced by those who wish to spread evil in the world. So look towards the sun, raise your arms up towards the sky, close your eyes and have faith that it will all be okay.
It is important sometimes to put others’ needs in front of our own. Yes, I am all about sticking up for ourselves and there are times when our needs should be front and center. But there are also times when donating, giving to those less fortunate, volunteering and supporting loved ones is needed. Required even.
There are people in this world who don’t have the necessities of life (food, shelter, safety). They need our help and we should sacrifice a little of the comforts we have when we can. Sacrifice is a way to express love. And love is, well, read above. :)
Though some days it may be hard to see, we all have incredible things in our lives to be thankful for each and every day. We are alive, we are free and we are loved. Take a moment to reflect and appreciate the blessings that you have in your life.
It’s scary to think that our lives can change in an instant, but if we remain thankful for what we have in our lives and remember the ways in which we are blessed, we can get through the struggles and overcome the odds. With gratitude comes perseverance.
We are all one and we are all created equal, no matter what your spiritual beliefs, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Love your neighbors and support each other. Fight to break down the walls that divide us. And don’t lose the hope that there will be a better and safer tomorrow.
Sending love and support on to Brussels and everywhere else there is hate and violence in this world.