Today I'm sending unconditional love to YOU, fifty-year Rotarian. Who encouraged me, with anger, to look at my own self and ask if maybe Rotary wasn't for me. And I like that you said that out loud. I appreciate that. Because you showed me your hurting heart. And I can see you squirm in the discomfort of your own reflection. I can see that you are made so uncomfortable that you don't even recognize it's your reflection. (Laughs.) "No way! That's not ME!" In any case, I'm sending you love, even through your anger, because I see through you! Because I know you. Because I am you.
What's worth a million dollars? A parcel of land? A piece of art? Your body? What would you give in order to have a million dollars? How do you establish the value of a thing?
And what if you already had something WAAAAAY more valuable than a million dollars? And what if that thing got BIGGER wehenver you GAVE IT AWAY???!!! Does that sound impossible, mathematically?
Well it's not. Because love is not a zero sum game. Love is something if you give it away, you DO end up having MORE! Thanks, Malvina Reynolds, for singing truth! TRUTH IS TRUTH IS TRUTH!!!
Transcript (Video Link Below)
Hey! Do you know what this means? [Indicates sign that reads “Free Unconditional Love”] Do you know what it means? Free unconditional love?I’ll tell ya! It means that even you, angry, angry one, who is probably not watching this video, even you. I love like I love my child. [Indicates baby in carrier.] I love even you. And it’s a lot of work. [Chuckles.] But it’s worth-it work! It’s necessary work.
I love you as I love my child. And I want you so badly to stop hurting, on the inside. I want your heart to stop hurting. Because a heart… a heart that’s not hurting doesn’t behave the way you are behaving. And it doesn’t matter if you know that, or agree with it. Seven equals seven. Truth is truth. You don’t have to care, or know it, or believe it.
Unconditional love means: no matter what you’ve done, no matter who you are… because I KNOW who you are! I know who you are. You are my beloved. My child. My family. MySELF. I KNOW YOU!
And boy, am I grateful for free will. I dig it. Wouldn’t change that for the world! But you are exercising your free will in a way that is chopping the little golden threads between us! Or ATTEMPTING to chop, because really, it’s impossible. You can’t divide one. [Correction:] You can’t divide ALL.
I love you unconditionally. But I wish you would stop… I want… I wish… I wish for you to take a moment to sit with your own heart (You don’t… You’ll do it if you want to. You won’t if you won’t…) And find where it hurts! Find out why! And figure out how to make it better! That’s what I would do FOR you if I could. That’s what I would MAKE you do if I could. But I can’t. And I’m glad I can’t. What I was saying about free will.
I love you unconditionally. That’s what that means.
Do YOU know that you're loved? If not, I'm happy to remind you. Think maybe you're disqualified from aforementioned love because you've done some hurtful things? Well... I encourage you to stop those hurtful things immediately, but no, you are not disqualified. In fact, I love YOU especially much. I love you because I see that your heart is hurting. I love you because you ARE ME. I love you because that's all we really are, underneath.
Go ahead! Find a person to sit with for one short minute. Look into their eyes and don’t look away. Hold their hands gently and don’t let go. Maybe even film it and share with the rest of us if you wanna! I can all but guarantee some awesomeness will ensue. Human to human connection (or maybe ANY creature to creature connection!) is what it’s all about #oneminutechallenge #villagepower