Deep down inside each of us, there is this capacity. And it is huge! From the moment of our birth, there is a yearning to love and be loved. It never goes away. Always there waiting.
We each experience love, for some, these are glorious moments early on, for others the need stays unfulfilled. It is at once both an intensely personal and private feeling and at the same time a longing to reach out/or be reached. Never goes away, it is there, all the way through our life’s journey.
For those who create, the love (or the lack of) is always in there somewhere, in our creations. Shakespeare (a transcendent genius) the greatest writer that ever lived, wrote for the people of his time. People he had come to know and understand. He knew their need for love and because he absorbed their feelings, he used this to relate back to them.
“…Mine be thy love, and thy love’s use their treasure.”
Venus and Adonis, the twentieth sonnet, final line – Shakespeare
Because Shakespeare related so well his words are still alive and filled with meaning today. The need to love and be loved is timeless.
As writers we can pass on this love, but it must come from within. That is the gift we give to our readers.
As we go through life we become both the teacher and the student. The best example I can share with you is the Honorable Dalai Lama. I had the lucky fortune a few years ago to spend a few days with him (very briefly, a small part of his entourage).
He exudes love and yet listens carefully to the spoken word by the other person, he is extremely attentive, his eyes on the person when they speak. (He is extremely learned with many degrees but what shines from his eyes, (his posture, his very being) is his deep and abiding love for all things. And when asked, he will tell you he is a student of life on a never-ending quest to learn.
When you see a child at play, the light of life shines from their eyes and all too frequently can be diminished by life’s experiences.
It is a writer’s passion and purpose, to pass on the good, the bad, the ugly – but always, always with the love of those with whom you share your words – in your heart. This is how we grow, we love as both the teacher and the student in life. Let your words reflect your love my friends, always!