My friend has a saying that she’s adopted recently: “Greed is when you want something you don’t love.” I liked the foundation of the idea but struggled with its broader applications. We all want things – so MANY things, in fact. Must love really be the root of all those desires?
To put her bold statement to the test, I started with Fun. I’m such a big proponent of Fun that I generally keep my distance from things that don’t have the potential to include it in some way. It’s something that girls just wanna have, seemingly without rhyme or reason, but it’s obviously a fundamental aspect of the lives we dream of having.
Fun was easy. We want it and love it. Whatever activities constitute “enjoyment” for you, as superficial as the concept may sound, they must be things that you love. They speak to you on a deeper level about your values and interests, functioning as mirrors we look into to gain a better view of – and to “enjoy” – our very selves.
Money was a tricky one. Few remember that it’s just paper and we often mistake money for the things that we believe money provides – security, power, material goods, love, and even fun. Phrases like “money-hungry” come to mind when I consider the love of money as devoid from the real experiences and desires that belie it. So many of those things are capable of being found and created without money and when we engage in the work of divorcing the need for money from these experiences, our relationship to it changes drastically. We are back in power and find that we have more of what we want – and love – in our lives.
What outcomes are you attached to without the deep commitment to them that love entails? Is your mind cluttered with wants that your heart’s not in alignment with?
I came across a quote by spiritual teacher Martin Luther King, Jr. today that moved me tremendously: “What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Love is one of those oft-used words whose definition can be so lofty that it seemingly encompasses an unwieldy amount of ideas. Placed in relation to power and justice, its potential as a guiding force in our world gains so much clarity.
Using the above quote, make Love a guiding force in your Life.