All You Need is Love

Are you all stressed out?

Just like the Beatles song all any of us really needs is love. The holidays can be a crazy time of the year filled with emotion and consumerism that can drive us all a bit wacky. While I was out shopping the other day I met two women that were talking about how rude people are this time of year. One woman made the mistake at the post office of saying Merry Christmas to the clerk who was in a bad mood and the clerk almost took her head off saying, “It’s Happy Holidays!” The second woman was a checker at the grocery store who looked stressed. I asked how her day was going and she shrugged and said that people come through her line and are busy on their phones texting and don’t even acknowledge her. And there are days when people are so nasty that she leaves her shift having to be alone and de-stress. Is this what we’ve come to?

Take a deep breath and surrender all the stress. Give some time to yourself. Maybe practice yoga and meditation. Instead of taking out your stress on others, learn to connect to people and things around you. When I surrender, good things come my way.

We are all so closed up in our safe cozy houses living in little bubbles. But think if the doors to these houses were blown away, or our houses burned down, there we would be with our neighbors we hardly know standing in a vast of nothingness. We would have to put our differences aside and connect to one another to survive. Sadly, many people this year have lost their homes and loved ones through these kinds of tragedies, and hopefully found love coming from complete strangers and caring neighbors they didn’t even know they had.

It shouldn’t take a catastrophe event to bring humans together. In the digital world we all live in we have to work harder to develop and keep real human connection alive. It doesn’t seem that long ago that our connection to one another is what made us human in the first place.

There are all kinds of love. The love for your children and grandchildren, your spouse, parents, close friends, etc. And there’s the care and affection for the people you work with, a distant friend, the neighbor you share your garden goodies with, and maybe even the checker at the grocery store. Connect with these people and you’ll find that connection will turn into love. When love is present there can’t be anger, hate, or even fear.

“Fear knocked on the door. Love answered, and no one was there.” ~ Author Unknown

All the silly disagreements and getting mad that we sometimes do is just a waste of time. And time is something that is running out for all of us. Simply just loving and accepting one another can conquer so much and make living a joy.

16 thoughts on “All You Need is Love

  1. Timely post. thanks.


  2. An inspiring post Michele.


  3. Eliza says:

    That last quote is so sad but true. Love answered but noone is there. It’s terrifying to let go of the fear enough to allow love in.


  4. pjlazos says:

    Happy to have a home, a healthy body, healthy kids, a husband who keeps pushing through despite his medical difficulties, a long view on life that let’s me know what I have and how much others don’t, grateful for clean water, my many friends who help me when times get rough, and all the other things that make life worth living. It is stressful out there, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve made it so. Perhaps one day everyone will slow down and take stock. A year in the Peace Corps or simply volunteering with an organization in your community would be sobering and eye-opening for many Americans. For all we have, we don’t do much to give back. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Celebrate Life, it’s all the same, simple gratitude for what you have and appreciation for those sharing it with you. Beautiful post, Michele. oxo


    • Beautiful comments Pam! You have the right ideas for sure. I agree that volunteering is very sobering and everyone should give it a try. When you volunteer you stop thinking just about yourself and you find that you really connect to people and animals. All of a sudden it just isn’t about you anymore because you are submerged into their lives trying to help. Thank you for adding to this post and for being the special person that you are. I send you much love.

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  5. msw blog says:

    This can be a interesting time of year. The other day a cashier handed me my bags, and I replied thank you Amanda. She seemed shocked and asked me how I knew her name. I laughed and told her it was on her name tag. She teared up and told me I was the first person to acknowledge her by name…needless to say it was a poignant moment for the both of us.


    • Oh, wow, this is sad and so beautiful at the same time! It just goes to show how in need we all are for human connection. I feel it is so important that we bring back being caring people who genuinely care about each other. I can’t help but believe that most of our health problems are caused by feeling so isolated in a world that moves too fast. Thank you so much for adding your comments to my post.


  6. smilecalm says:

    take away
    food, water…
    just leave
    me love 🙂


  7. There you go, David! That’s the idea, but… I still want food and water lol.


  8. Soumya Somani says:



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