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Love is a Verb: Be a Positive Change-Agent in the World

Posted Feb 14 2013 8:00am

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Valentine’s Day has an energy all its own. It’s bursting with love and giving, receiving and happiness for all of those who partake in it. How easy is it to give love?

Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s not my job!” There are plenty of simple opportunities every day where we can jump in and spread our love around. We can pick up where and when someone else dropped the ball, trash, plan, project, idea, care or whatever. Doing it out of a neutral place is the challenge. No griping, anger, ego or resentment. Just do it out of love.


All kinds of us say, “I love you” every day, but sometimes it’s necessary to make it a VERB, showing others what it looks like (in action) to be loving and giving, not just say it.

Love for the planet, for mankind, for animal and plant and insect-kind takes action, even in the smallest of ways. Do it and move on, or don’t of course, but be open to doing it, no matter how big or small the task.

I pick up trash whenever I see it . . .  about 80% of the time. I’ve limited myself to 80% because I wouldn’t get much else done if I detoured to pick up a cup or piece of paper or whatever every time I saw one! I just feel better when it’s put where it’s supposed to be. And, I bless, yes, bless the person who discarded it unwisely or accidently. It’s not my job, but it is my planet.

There a lots of examples, but two from a few years ago really stay in mind:

1. Bert Brady made a difference as part of the “Welcome Home a Hero Program” in Dallas, TX  in 2007 welcoming home soldiers coming off planes. Friends, neighbors and strangers rallied around Brady and made a big difference for those service men and women.

2. British tycoon Richard Branson offered a $25 million prize before the world’s scientists on February 9, 2007 seeking to spur research into devising ways to suck greenhouse gases out of the air. Branson said, “Man created the problem, therefore man should solve the problem.” It’s not his job, but it is his planet.

What can you do to not just show love, but BE love… in action?

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You don’t have to have $25 million to allocate to an issue that was “dropped” by others, but you can give some time to fixing, picking up, putting back, sharing, helping out, volunteering, taking care of, etc.

So, even when it’s not “our job,” we can pitch in do our part, no matter how large or small, to be a positive change-agent in the world.

Love is a verb, it is action. Do it, and move on! It’s not your job, but it is your planet.


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