This morning another student left me a book called "Find it in Everything". The book is a series of pictures in which hearts are found in the least likely places. She knows that I see hearts and love everywhere. She sees it too. The book was a token. Her recognition of our oneness, of this tugging in one heart that can be felt in another.
It can be found in everything, and often in the least likely places. Although love is always more evident in bright sunlight, it is frequently found in the murky depths. Our culture has cheapened love. It has candy coated it, sexualized it, scrutinized it, and convinced us that it is something we must search for. Many of us have come to believe that we have to make ourselves worthy of the love of others and even the love of God. We are quick to attach a cost to it, a price we need to pay for what is, in fact our birthright. We are born to love each other with the sweetness, purity and compassion the two students showed. We can choose to critique ourselves, and then expand that keen eye to find the fault in those around us. We can also choose to love ourselves, then expand our hearts to find what is good and right and beautiful in others. Today I'm grateful for the reminder that love is everywhere. Today, I'm going to find it in everything. How about you?