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Do The Right Thing, Bloggers Unite...The Power Of Love

by Barbara MacDonald (writer), CANADA , March 15, 2013

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No matter the question, love is always the answer.
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I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. Leo Buscaglia

After over 25 years working in social services and with many types of issues, if I have learned anything, it is that we all have the ability to make a difference in this world. I have witnessed this over and over again. Too often people are written off in our "throw away" society. Let me explain what I mean by this...and I am certainly not saying this is always the case. I would like to think that as society has become more educated ; they have a better understanding and have more compassion thus. I always say "walk a mile in someones shoes before you judge them " . This certainly would eliminate so much suffering.

Let me first address the issue of various mental illnesses. Whether it be bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, obsessive - compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, types of depression, (major and minor) , personality disorders, eating disorders, the list goes on and on. The one thing I want you to realize though, is this does not mean a person can not live a productive life or that they do not have value as a human being. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, very often this can be corrected allowing them to live a meaningful full life. What is key , is identification and treatment.

When I had written about many of the people I worked with in the drop-in for the homeless, I tried to address this by talking about them . Look with compassion, understanding, and opening your self to actually seeing them with your heart . They are amazing human beings , not so different than you and I. I am not special to know this, I simply choose to look outside the norms of judgement, and focus on what gifts they do have. I always believe that you build from the positive, and this is no different with a person with mental issues.

What we all have in common as human beings is the need to be accepted and loved . I do believe that the difference between those who have been able to survive many of lives traumas and those who go on to fall victim, is they had ONE someone who truly cared about them and embraced them with love. Love truly is the answer to most problems in this world in my humble opinion. My mentor years ago taught me this. Leo Buscaglia changed my life with the beauty of his soul.

Compassion is the key to life in many ways. Look out side your own self, open your mind and heart to differences. We do not all need to be thinking alike to be worthwhile. Without judging others there is such an amazing world to behold. Compassion is something that all religions teach. Coming from the Latin, it means "to suffer with" . This is not simple empathy, it gives rise to the desire to alleviate another's suffering. It is a fundamental part of human love, a well stone to social change, and a cornerstone to humanism.

If everyone was to commit to just once a day doing something to help another person, just imagine how we could better this world for our children and grand kids. We have the ability to make a more loving world. Stop complaining, choose to make an honest effort each day. Give a little ... How about we all try to live by the Golden Rule... "do onto others as you would want done unto you "...This is a world I would be proud to live in.

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Barbara MacDonald is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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6 comments on Do The Right Thing, Bloggers Unite...The Power Of Love

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By Uttam Gill on March 15, 2013 at 02:51 pm

Barb, the amazing power of love cannot be summarized so beautifully as you have done...In your unique way you have so convincingly driven home the point about power of love...You hold a great passion in you...An outstanding article... Keep it up

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 15, 2013 at 03:53 pm

Thank you so much Uttam, I know I am very much an Idealist, but I do sincerely believe that with enough love and making love more important than "things", we would create a much more beautiful world for us all to live in. :-)

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By melanie jean juneau on March 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

great quote and even better article. We nee many more idealists to balance out all the jaded and apathetic people

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

Thank you Melanie, I love Leo Buscaglia...and so agree with what he said...apathy is not going to help anything or anyone. We all need to take a stand. :-)

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By Annie44 on March 16, 2013 at 02:25 pm

Wow...I love it. We do need to take a stand. Apathy is the easy route. We are fortunate in so many ways and there is always something we can do to help. Thank you for the great reminder. You said it beautifully!

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 16, 2013 at 06:18 pm

Thank you Annie, happy you liked it. :-)

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