Of Love and Loss

By Tracey Hall ~

I was thinking about all the sayings from the old days and the new recent memes that describe love. “All ya need is love” “Love is thicker than water” “Love the one you’re with” and so on. We experience love in so many ways and never is the painful part of love more evident than when someone passes away. Love is a balm for the loss, an invisible band-aid on the wound inside your heart.

We lost a beautiful family member this week and it felt like the earth shook for a brief second. Knowing he’s been released from his earthy disease and is finally at rest, eases the pain, yet his loss looms large.

This brings me back to the sayings and I wonder if they were written after a loss or while engrossed in a loving situation. Probably both and more because love is everywhere, in all our situations. We may not realize it at the time, but love lingers within us always.

How we choose to love is what matters. Simple acts of kindness, a hug, a phone call, a visit, a compliment etc., are just basic symbols of affection. Don’t be too busy to remember how much they mean. That’s what really hit home with me. You never know how long someone will be around. Some people are taken far too young as was the case in our family this week.

I believe love is taken with you when you depart and the love you shared stays behind. Make sure you leave a lot of love before you go. As a very wise band once said “And in the end, the Love you take is equal to the Love you make”

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