This morning's Musical DLG™ (Download from God™) called, "Love One Another" by Todd Rungren use to always make me feel sad, so I would change the radio station as soon as I heard the first few notes. I probably did this because I didn't believe that Love was the answer. I have never been one to subject myself to emotional self-torture when it comes to songs. If a song makes me feel sad, sorrowful, pathetic, pitiful, weak, vulnerable or anything that isn't even remotely Good, then I will flip the channel faster than you can say, "Name that tune!" I just don't have it in me to torture myself with sad Love songs. My Capricorn Moon is like a drill sargeant that says, "Wipe that tear off your face and give me 10 chattarunga's!" As a result of not always being in control of the radio dial, I learned how to turn all Love songs into a song about me and God. And now just like that, I can listen to any Love song and my mind immediately goes to my relationship with God.
There are a lot of songs I could name where the 'Love' theme was just too outlandish for me to believe, but now that I have lived a little, been around the block a time or two, calmed down and pretty much have a clear head most of the time, I can see where Love is most definitely, the answer. It's something that is within me, not necessarily the other person. Dang it, why didn't someone tell me this before?! The Truth is, I was probably taught this as a child in Sunday school a million times over. I was probably told this at my first wedding. And I was probably told this at my second wedding. I probably heard it at Mass. I probably read it in many books. I probably saw in a ton of movies. I probably heard it on a dozen different talk shows. And I probably knew simply from innate intelligence. You see it's not so much someone Loving me, or someone Loving me as much as I Love them, or someone just freakin' being NICE because it's the nice thing to do. It's not about that. I have come to realize that Love in my world really does originate from me. If I'm angry, upset, irritable, frustrated or cranky, that is not Love. It just isn't, because it's angry, upset, irritable, frustrated or cranky. It's anything but Love. The best and easiest way for me to have peace and happiness in my own surroundings is to simply Love. This awareness makes all the difference in the world. Love comes from within me. My Love comes from whatever I fill myself up with and it will be what gets poured out onto others.
When I was younger and heard this song it just depressed me because I knew that 'other people' were a certain way. I knew that 'certain people' would always be that way. I wondered why 'some people' just couldn't be nice or Loving. What's eating them? When I was younger I just could not grasp the kind of Love that Todd Rungren wrote about. I thought, "What a silly fairytale!" I have been around the block with the question mark of Love and have given it due thought and finally came to the conclusion that those who seem undeserving of Love are the one's who need Love the most. Those who have it, need to give it. If a person can't Love or doesn't Love, it's because they don't have it inside of themselves to give. It's like asking someone who has no money for $10.00. Uhhh, they have no money. Love is like that. You can't give what you don't have. Further, Love is only going to cost you something if you are attached to the outcome. Dang that is a hard lesson! Still, I have come to realize giving Love is the answer for me. It is also important that I disconnect from the outcome or the expectation of receiving something in return. Dang, that is hard lesson too. Love is like education, I can teach you everything I know and lose nothing. I still have everything I knew before I gave the information to you. Love is like that. It's only when we are attached to the outcome that it all changes and Love becomes something that it was not meant to be.
So while it took me about 56 years to learn that Love is the answer, I will admit that I'm a work in progress because if I'm treated poorly, I guarantee my Love will flicker. Hey, I'm just being honest. Still, it sure is easier to snap right back in alignment with God when the focus is more on Him, than myself. As the song say, "Ask the Man in your heart for the answers."
*Side note, I posted this version of the song because even though Todd Rungren wrote and performed it, the version by England Dan and John Ford Coley is more popular and the most recognized.
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