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In a small town in Spain, a man named Jorge had a bitter argument one morning with his young son, Paco. When he arrived home later that day, Jorge discovered that Paco’s room was empty – he had run away from home.
Overcome with remorse, Jorge searched his soul and realized that his son was more important to him than anything else. He wanted to start over. Jorge went to a well-known grocery store in the center of town and pasted a large sign that read, “Paco, come home. I love you. Meet me here tomorrow morning.”
The next morning, Jorge went to the store, where he found no less than seven young boys named Paco who would also run away from home. They were all answering the call for love, hoping it was their dad inviting them home with open arms.
Love is the great need of this world. While we have achieved all manner of material success, human beings on this planet daily cry out – and die – for love. If only we could love, how quickly would our problems dissipate! No matter how old, hardened, or sophisticated we are, there always lives within us a tender child that yearns to give and receive love.
At the age of 35, I went to visit my mother while I was hurting emotionally. She sensed my pain and invited me to sit on her lap. She held me tenderly and caressed me, and in that moment I learned that I will never be too old to receive motherly love, and that a mother will never outgrow her joy in giving it.
Consider the people in your life, including yourself, who are calling out for love. How can you give it? In your answer rests the key to your healing and freedom.
Alan Cohen’s A Deep Breath of Life, February 28
May this message inspire you day and your week.
Blessings now and always,