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Love in the time of Corona

As the Holiday's approach, and after the year the world has had I think it is important to remember the word LOVE.

Webster's Dictionary defines Love: /ləv/

noun 1. an intense feeling of deep affection. 2.

a great interest and pleasure in something.

verb 1. feel deep affection for (someone).

2.

like or enjoy very much.


We all have our own little traditions during this time of year. I have always watched the movie Love Actually on Thanksgiving night. Dating back to when I lived in my beloved 450sq ft studio apartment downtown Indianapolis. Hugh Grant playing the newly elected Prime Minister of the UK. His opening monologue goes as such,

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."


How apropos of our current times? I believe yes! We need to find love all around us during these times. Whether it is love for ourselves, or small acts of kindness to others. It has been one HELL of a year. People have lost businesses, loved ones, or dealing with their own health. Let's look for the good this holiday season, no matter the color of ones skin, political views, or religious beliefs.


I want to share a friend's story.


Chris Beaty, "Mr. Indianapolis", defensive lineman for Indiana University 2000 to 2004, Cathedral Alumni where he played in three consecutive Indiana State Championships, did not know a stranger. Always smiling, and always showing acts of kindness to anyone that was around him. He was tragically taken from so many that loved him on May 30th, 2020. Outside his downtown Indianapolis apartment, helping two people, who were being mugged, he was quoted to have said "There has to be a better way!"


There does have to be a better way. Let's"live like Chris" and show acts of kindness this holiday season, to the people around us. You never know the effect you will have on someone!


Love,

Ruth



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