Love Always Wins
“If love is universal, no one can be left out.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Celebrating sixteen years of perfectly imperfect marriage this week, conflicted feelings wash over me. While I’m thrilled for my gay friends who finally share the right to marry in this country, the disrespectful dialogue generated by the ruling has been bewildering. Although derogatory commentary is sadly the norm these days, hearing the hypocritical roar from the so-called “religious” sector hollowed my soul.
Shouldn’t we be focusing on treating one another with dignity rather than groveling over marital definitions? After all, we’re an extremely diverse nation with a myriad of beliefs. Can’t we simply agree to disagree and respectfully move forward? Maybe even celebrate our differences and learn a wee bit along the way??
Heck, my husband and I said our vows on a beach and chose not to have children. In the eyes of some, we’re not “truly” married. Thankfully, we never had to go to court to argue whether our love was worthy of the marriage label.
With negativity dampening spirits aplenty, I keep returning to what I believe is a universal covenant:
I am a mere human, placed upon this earth to judge no one!
As a flight attendant, privileged to interact with hundreds of amazingly unique humanoids on a daily basis, I know how rapidly my day deteriorates when I fail to honor this fundamental principle.
Will I open my mind or open my mouth?
Endear or alienate?
Leave a peaceful trail or one of dissension?
Spread love or animosity?
Despite routine stumbles, whenever I don my compassionate heart, joy colorizes my life beautifully…
Fantastic post. Love those questions that you pose to yourself…
Thank you for being here — I so appreciate your kind input!!
Beautifully expressed Shauna! Congrats on your anniversary. Clearly you’ve learned something about love and compassion. I’m with you and try to put my focus and energy on uplifting, rather than judging.
I love your last line; with compassion, joy colorizes my life beautifully! 🙂
to love, compassion and encouragement
And you do a marvelous job uplifting, inspiring, and otherwise colorizing my life, Dear Brad!!! Thank YOU.
You are most welcome. I’m glad to know my words colorize your life! I would like to do better in my daily life.
everyone should wake up to those questions 🙂
I add a new one these days…I use only the label “human” and hope its kind
a wonderful post…..as always….
and Congratulations on 16 perfectly imperfect years 🙂
and May y’all walk through many more….
Take Care…You Matter…
Hello Dear Maryrose, indeed we are all human, sharing the same heartbeat. I honestly believe when we strip it down to the basics and take the time to remember this, we can’t help but reach out with kindness. Thank you for the privilege of calling you friend!!! 💕
Happy Anniversary Shauna!
Thanks Julie!!! Hoping all is well in your world. :)))
LL, Thank you for another honest and soaring post. I love your courageous and questions and think I will steal them to repeat to myself :). Here’s to OPENNESS and COMPASSION. Keep beating the drum, baby–I’m right there with you. Love, love, love p.s. Wishing you and Mark many, many more years together full of joy, adventures and love. Happy Anniversary!
💕Reading your beautiful sentiments is such a perfect way to start my anniversary morning, Dear Chloe! Thank you for your encouragement and love. You’re an amazing role model, and your friendship has blessed me in countless ways! 💕
OH yes it does! What a beautiful encouraging post! So lovely I love that photo of the love birds! 😀 ❤ Happy Day and Happy Anniversary to You!
As always, I love seeing your beautiful face here! Thank you for your kind words, sweet lady — Hope you’re enjoying a fabulous summer!!! 💕
Well beautiful friend I smiled when I clicked on your blog and saw your header art! It’s so perfect and says so so much! I’m happy you are enjoying your summer don’t forget to rest! It’s so important! I’m reminding myself as I type this! 😉 Hugs and love You! ❤
Oh, I’ve had similar feelings about the loud negativity. I fully share the sentiments you so beautifully express here. Lovely pictures too – Happy Anniversary! Love always wins ❤
Sorry for my lengthy delay, Dearest Tiny, I’ve been flying too much…Thank you, as always, for your lovely presence and positivity!!!! 😘
congrats, LL = lovely lady! ❤ we're gonna celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary in 9 days and 37 since we first met… 🙂 wish you lots of love, joy and a long life together!!!
My love and I celebrated our 44 year anniversary this year. Still happily in love. Back to your post, people cannot accept change.