“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Hello everyone. These past few months have been heavy. Rest in peace to the many lives lost this past weekend, to the well-known lives lost this year, and to the individuals whose departure was not known worldwide. To the families, friends, and loved ones, God bless you, and peace to you as well.
From all of the losses, I have noticed one thing. Unity. Monuments and landmarks are glowing to show their respects, communities are coming together to remember, and families are holding homegoings. The support net thickened and “Love Wins” has been plastered on many hearts.
On June 7th at 8:33 PM, I made a post asking the question: “What does it take?” It was a question soft as clay. It was general and free. It was ready to cater to any individual’s mind and heart. As the week went on, the answer to my question fell on us at a vicious rate. Just like many things in life, this answer was unwanted and painful. I watched as the media delivered sickening news with consistency. I also watched as people gave their love and support all the while standing in sorrow.
Is this what it took for us to come together? Hate? Loss? I wouldn't accept it. We were created for greater and these horrible things couldn't be the “what it takes” for us to unite. So just as life changes, answers to questions can change. We do not have to wait for hate and tragedy to hit us before unifying and spreading love. What does it take?
Let's take a moment to think about unconditional love. It was a gift given to all of us. A gift that is meant to be shared. It is our choice whether or not we do this. Unconditional love can't be taken away. Walking in unconditional love is also a matter of self control. If you allow something to bother you enough that you respond with violence and hate, then you need a control check. Furthermore, producing and reproducing hate gets you nowhere. It should be common sense.
As you continue through life, choose unconditional love. When you come upon a situation, ask yourself, “Am I walking in a love that does not judge or place me in a restrictive mindset? Are my responses, actions, and intentions unconditional and understanding?”
Sending out positive vibes, I encourage you to embrace your loved ones, hold on to this unity, and radiate with unconditional love.