Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NaBloPoMo - Love it or hate it?

Today's writing prompt is...
Martin Luther King Jr. unpacked love and hate when he said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." Which is easier for you to feel: love or hate?
My interpretation of MLK's quote isn't that love comes more easily than hate, but that hate involves more work.

It takes a lot of energy to hate. It consumes you, forces you to focus on the negative, and removes any joy you might find in other things. When you hate, that becomes your whole life - and that is a huge burden.

Love, on the other hand, sets you free. When you embrace love, you can find joy in just about anything. As they say, every day isn't necessarily good, but there's something good in every day - and love helps you find that good.

Love can be scary, though. It means putting your heart on the line, without knowing when you might get hurt. Letting yourself fall in love is a huge risk. Sometimes, it's actually easier to resist the feeling, and just shut people out. That's not really hate - but it does mean finding reasons not to love. Which, sometimes, might be easier than risking your heart.

So I think hate - in any form - is easier to feel. But it's tougher on you.

You're better off feeling the love, risking your heart, and letting it guide you to the good.

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