Love Is All That Matters. Period.

Good morning. I don’t have any interesting stories or smart quips for you today. I have but one point to make: love and human connection is everything. All that matters. The end.

I just watched a story about all the kids in Haiti who will grow up not just in dire poverty but without arms and legs; that is, if they survive at all. I know this has been a story for days, but this particular one brought me to my knees.

As a doctor was patiently explaining to this beautiful little girl that her leg was going to be cut off to save her life, her mother was beside her. She was holding and comforting her baby, who was panic-stricken and sobbing uncontrollably. That woman – who has probably endured more than we could imagine – kept a brave face for her child. But her agony was unmistakable, as was her love.

I know you feel as grateful as I do for the relative comfort and safety in which you were brought into this world. We really are so fortunate.

You’ve probably watched the news, donated your money, and said how sad it all  is. That’s not enough. We all have to learn from this. We have to use it to improve our lives and the lives of others.

How? It’s simple. Show the kindest and sweetest love for the people in your life you care about. But that isn’t enough either. You must accept love for yourself. Open up your heart, give someone the gift of your trust, and let someone in. Because without letting yourself love and be loved…have you really lived a fortunate and fulfilled life?

Love is all that matters. Period.

Here are some ways you can help the people of Haiti:,  Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee

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