Speaker: Brigette Weier
May 5, 2022
Building Flourishing Communities through the Power of Love
What does love as a primary motivator and value in our lives and in our world look like? I’ll share with you my own journey with the value of love, beyond the sentimental emotion. We’ll explore how love can shape and reshape our lives, and our communities for human and creation flourishing.
Love is often thought of as a powerful and positive emotion, but it is so much more than that. It can be a driving force in our lives, motivating us to be better and do better for ourselves and those around us. In fact, love can be a primary value that shapes our decisions and actions in every aspect of our lives, from our personal relationships to our interactions with the world at large.
For me, love has been a guiding principle throughout my life. It has helped me to cultivate deep and meaningful connections with others, to pursue my passions and dreams, and to make a positive impact in the world. But it wasn't always easy. In my own journey with the value of love, I've encountered many challenges and obstacles that have tested my commitment to this principle.
One of the key lessons I've learned is that love is not just an emotion, but an intentional and ongoing practice. It requires us to be present and engaged in our relationships and communities, to actively seek out opportunities to show kindness, compassion, and understanding to others. It also means being open and vulnerable, willing to share our own struggles and challenges with those we love.
But perhaps the most transformative aspect of love is its potential to shape the world around us. When we value love as a primary motivator, we begin to see the world in a different light. We recognize the interconnectedness of all things and the importance of caring for ourselves, each other, and the planet we call home.
Love can inspire us to create communities that are more just, equitable, and compassionate. It can motivate us to work towards positive change in our society, whether it's through advocacy, volunteering, or simply living out our values in our daily lives. And it can help us to find meaning and purpose in a world that can often feel overwhelming and chaotic.
Of course, embracing love as a primary value does not mean that we should ignore other important principles, such as respect, integrity, and responsibility. In fact, love can help us to navigate these values in a more meaningful and nuanced way, by encouraging us to set healthy boundaries and hold ourselves and others accountable for our actions.
So, what does love as a primary motivator and value in our lives and in our world look like? It looks like choosing to act with kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others, even in the face of adversity. It looks like recognizing our interconnectedness and working towards building communities that are more just, equitable, and compassionate. And it looks like finding the strength and courage to embrace vulnerability and openness, even when it's difficult.
At the end of the day, love is a powerful force that has the potential to transform our lives and our world in incredible ways. By embracing it as a primary value, we can cultivate more meaningful and fulfilling relationships, make a positive impact in our communities, and create a better future for ourselves and future generations.