LOVE By Amy Goldberg

Sadly, I felt I needed to add the image of “Don’t Read This!” Interestingly, as human beings we are compelled to do the opposite. I find that anytime I’ve written about love, maybe a handful of times, if that, rarely do people read it.

What is it about love that turns us off? Is it too close? Too personal? Too mushy? Too feminine? Too much feeling? I’m trying to figure it out. I’m not talking about sex. Sex sells (as you know). I’m referring to ‘love.’

To be completely transparent, I’ve been told that I am ‘love.’ Yep, I have. And, what exactly does that mean? It certainly isn’t from the perspective of ‘free love’ and all of that.

Admittedly, I was a late bloomer. Naive in fact. I’m twin to a brother which had me feeling as if I were ‘one of the guys.’

Boy was I wrong. That sat only in my mind.

For example. One day my twin brother said to me; “Aim, my friend has this great tennis racquet that I REALLY want. The only way I’m going to get it is if you’ll go out on a date with him.” I said; What? He repeated himself. No, not repeated. He begged me. For a week.

You see, my brother was a seeded tennis player. He LOVED tennis. Lived and breathed tennis. So, for him to trade me for a racquet, seemed very reasonable to him. He truly thought ‘I’ was nuts for questioning him. But I digress. Even though you may be wanting to know what happened. That’s for another day.

Anyway …. all this to say that I have always lived my life with love. I didn’t know that’s what it was. I just knew I had empathy, my heart was kind, and I struggled throughout my life whenever I experienced someone not being kind to another. I had zero tolerance for it.

Why is it that we speak of love, we want love, love is all around (and all of that), and yet we really aren’t walking the walk here.

In my perfect world we would lead with our heart. We would pause before we spoke. We would be thoughtful in the words that we chose. We would be the Shakespeare’s of the world. Eloquent and kind. Genuine and open-hearted. Why is that so farfetched?

The truth is, love truly does conquer all. Until we really understand it, we are fumbling around trying to figure it all out.

If I can leave you with one thought. One consideration. Try leading with your heart for one day. Maybe, just maybe, that one day will turn into many.

Just think about it!