The New Year and Love

It is said that the backbone of all wealth and success is in essence a belief in oneself and a love for others, for where love lives wealth and success follow. This is not to say that you need to be a millionaire to be wealthy or the CEO of a fortune 500 company to be successful. It simply means that if you have love you already have success and if you have love you are wealthy beyond measure. No award or amount of cash can replace the value that love has. If you love something everything about it is worth it.

As writers we have a passion for the written word and that passion is love – as someone recently commented to me – there are many forms of love and each has its value in our lives, making it whole and playing a part in making contentment and happiness. This intangible asset cannot be traded for all the gold in the world – it is in us to give and it is not love until we do so. Love is like the radiating refractions off of the color prism as light hits it – it reflects and glows and rebounds in all the colors of the rainbow spreading joy and warmth and truth in its wake. When it is shared with others it is an investment for it grows and becomes a foundation that is deep rooted in our hearts, in our minds and in our soul.

A beautiful forwarded email came to me last week that spoke of love, wealth and success. The pictures put to some of these presentations are remarkable and awe inspiring. The idea behind the email was: three bearded men came to the door and if you could only invite one in who would it be. The subjects in the email discussed the reasons for each and there were good arguments for why it should be wealth or success but it was decided that love would be invited in. Upon the invitation, all three entered the home with the explanation that – to invite love means that all else follows.

I receive poems everyday from “Poem Hunter” and have on occasion printed them, shared them and at the very least, have read them most days. Many poets are favorites including Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, Robert Service and of course, William Shakespeare but once in awhile something will cross my email path that is either rare or unknown. I thought it very beautiful and on this very topic and since I intended to watch “Troy” over the holidays it is most fitting.

“Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?”

On what is best

Some celebrate the beauty
of knights, or infantry,
or billowing flotillas
at battle on the sea.
Warfare has its glory,
but I place far above
these military splendors
the one thing that you love.

For proof of this contention
examine history:
we all remember Helen,
who left her family,
her child, and royal husband,
to take a stranger’s hand:
her beauty had no equal,
but bowed to love’s command.

As love then is the power
that none can disobey,
so too my thoughts must follow
my darling far away:
the sparkle of her laughter
would give me greater joy
than all the bronze-clad heroes

– translated from the Greek by Jon Corelis


I think that even though this is most beautiful it proclaims that  love conquers despite fears, woes and worries. It is often used as the reason for leaving behind those who no longer fit your life plan as is evident in the numerous breakups, divorces and affairs. It does not eliminate grief and as we see in this world today, it will not even stop wars for as many as there are that proclaim a love in a higher form, they too use that form to validate their reasons for it.

I love to watch the movies – it is one of my passions – and I use this media for examples, often posting pictures from favorite films and of favorite celebrities. I realize their wealth and success does not mean they have love for there are many relationships lost within that artificial pedestal world. There are many, though, who have love as well and it is not just in the movies they make or in the company they keep. Many have causes and passions that make them real just as we are.

For my part, I will revel in the love of family, friends and in my creative passions. Love takes many forms and I will not lose another year to grieving over being alone for I already have wealth and success in the loves I keep.

So I leave you with these words as I intend to write on love for the month of January and on to my other passion, movies – off to partake in the great love affair of Helen and Paris… there I can dream of battles fought for love of woman, country and the gods… and … besides, we all know no one can take your dreams from you…

No one can take our dreams from us...

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