This is not “my” question. I just read it in the book 101 Essays that will Change the way You Think, but I think it’s a great question. It has really made me think. One word? To everyone in the world? Crazy, right.
The first word that comes to me is LOVE, in caps, just like that. I think love is the most valuable and misunderstood word in the world. Except when I think of only saying one word, it feels trite and wrong. I started thinking about what it could be if it were a phrase.
“Love everyone” comes to mind next. Yet again it seems simplistic and easily misinterpreted. I am met with the realization that the ability to tell everyone in the world one thing is an awesome responsibility.
Quotes by famous people also start to also fill my head. Did Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa know their words would span continents, time zones, eras? Did their words garner this much thought or were they instead divined by a higher power who spoke through them to get across a spiritual awakening for the world?
So I decided to sit in silence and see what I could feel. The question did not give a word limitation or even a stopping point. I closed my eyes and called on my higher-self for guidance. I pretended for a moment that the words I expressed on this post would be words for a world gone mad.
Here is what arose:
Love all. Love deeply. Love with asking nothing in return. Open up widely to the possibility of loving everyone in a way you have never done before. The salvation of this world comes not from problem solving or even from piece-meal fixing each egregious error. It comes instead from a deep sense of true love that crosses oceans and defies land forms. Love, it is that simple. But view it as a verb not a noun, not a word on a t-shirt but an act of grace and mercy. Love, that is all.
Love and Light!