This month I have a birthday and, I was looking for ways to celebrate it. I decided to create art and to do it with the words and thoughts of family, friends and colleagues.

This world is beautiful and yet daily we hear and experience some ugly things; personally and in our society. As I write this, two mass shootings have occurred this week in America. We have on-going wars, people who are starving, homeless, stressed and feeling unwanted and undeserving.  We are becoming people who sit behind computers and phones, moving away from intimate conversations, face-to face interaction. We are quick to argue, slow to listen and understand. How can we change this? LOVE. Love will change our world, remove the violence, the homelessness, the greed, the wars, the hate. But to do that we must define what love is and then use that definition to act right?

We are okay with accepting love in the romantic terms or love of family and even love of stuff. We are accepting of love as a feeling, but what if we looked at loved as something bigger. A way of life. A way of doing things. A way of being and more than an emotion or feeling? To put love in all we do, that can change things. That can change our world.

So how can you help me? Tell me…what is love? Define it for me. Share an act of love with me. You do not have to be a poet or write prose, just share what you really think. You can do it anonymously if you like. I will take the words and stories you share and create my next painting, book, series of sketches. Whatever comes out of this, I hope that it will help me in my journey of understanding love and I hope it will help you in yours too.

Thank you and know, you are loved.

 

“To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients – care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication.”  – bell hooks

“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you go?” – Buddha

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.