(Photo by Dan Pilarski, Deception Pass, Washington)

What if the basic element of life
all life, human life and plant life
animal life and life beyond this planet
what if the basic element of all life
is love, emanating through our heart
pulsing out into the universe
affecting every thing and every one?

What if the basic nature of humankind
is love? Not greed. Not arrogance.
Not superiority, not aggression,

What if we have it wrong, to think
that more is better, that bigger is better,
that more and bigger means powerful?
What if that is not really true?
Because nothing in nature
ever takes more
than it needs
but when it does,
it dies.

Cancer takes more than it needs.
Cancer is a disease that can kill
because it has no boundaries, no limits
takes more than it needs.

And so it is
when humans do that,
take more and more
and let others suffer and have less,
then human kind fails, becomes dis-eased,

What if we imagine a different world?
A world of love and life, of light and hope
of kindness and compassion, of

What if it all begins with one person
with you, or me? Just one person
aiming to make a difference.
Instead of acting out in anger,
reach out in kindness.
Imagine that everyone
is doing the best they can
That I am doing the best I can
and you are doing the best you can
and while that is not really enough,
since God asks us to keep on growing
it’s good enough if we are trying
taking risks, being courageous,
for love.

What if we truly acted as though a tiny act of kindness
could ripple through everything,
and soon everything would change.

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice

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