Look to the expectant mother with her peaceful smile. See the way her hand rests gently yet protectively on her stomach. Hear her murmur promises to the heart that beats deep within her.
Look to the patient father as he kneels to a child’s eye level. See how he holds his son’s shoulders as he calms a pending storm. Hear him explain that sometimes life seems unfair, but we must accept defeat with grace and honor.
Look to the friends sharing coffee and conversation in a cafe. See as one reaches to hold the hand of the other as she notices the tears welling up. Hear her speak soft words of comfort and assurance.
Look to the nurse standing vigil beside a hospital bed. See her fuss over pillows and blankets as she reads charts and adjusts medications. Hear her offer encouragement and solace to a stranger as she would to one of her own.
Look to the young man as he volunteers at a homeless shelter. See him serve meals with gratitude instead of with judgment. Hear him offer idle chatter to the recipients with a smile, removing the discomfort of shame and embarrassment.
Look to the couple sitting in the waiting room at the veterinarian’s office. See them unlatch the door to the carrier and stroke the fur of a fading beloved family member. Hear them whisper good-byes and say thank you for the cherished years together.
Look to the police officer at the scene of a horrific car crash. See him offer a stuffed animal to the numb child who clutches it to him, watching in blank incomprehension as his parents are wheeled into ambulances. Hear him soothe and reassure the child, and then hear him as he steps away to call his own family, trying to keep his voice from cracking.
Look to the left and look to the right. Look in front of you, and look behind. See the love that surrounds you, and realize that it is everywhere. Hear it in the voices that speak to you, and in your own voice as you speak to others.
Look for the love. See the love. Hear the love. Live the love. Be the love.
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