Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
-Karl Menninger

Words never come easy for me.  They're even more scarce when dealing with love.  I'm both highly reluctant and overwhelmingly compelled to tackle the subject.  Words just don't seem adequate, but I've seen their power and am convinced I should at least try.

For all that's wrong in our world, love is right.  We just need more.  And creating more would be one of life's greatest successes.

But how do we do that?

To be honest, I don't really know.  I hope it can be done through a blog.  I hope it can be done by showing a stranger some compassion and grace to meet his need.  Or by holding back the stinging, loaded words that are the first to come to mind and waiting until a more gentle response is found.

Maybe by removing labels.  We're all people just the same, worthy of love.  And even as I type this I think of the people -- and the labels -- I have been unable to love.

I'm not saying that if you don't have compassion for every person in every situation then you're doing love wrong.  But I do believe that just as financial wealth is built over time, love can yield immeasurable dividends when small investments are made. 

And so I encourage you to start making those investments.  Evaluate your own life and actions.  Could you be more loving to your spouse or your kids?  Could you be more generous to those in need?  Could you be more forgiving of those who have wronged you?  More considerate to your co-workers?  Kinder in your communication? 

Then do it.  Be part of the cure.