Monday, July 06, 2009

Love Thyself First

“There was a boy… A very strange enchanted boy. They say he wandered very far, very far over land and sea, a little shy and sad of eye but very wise was he. And then one day, a magic day, he passed my way. And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings, this he said to me, ‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.’”

These words are from the song, “Nature Boy.” This is one of my favorite songs. It’s poignant and speaks to many lost souls who’ve never been loved. I wonder, was the boy loved?

I believe Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett were like the boy in the song… Strange, enchanting and with a message. I think they were individuals searching to be loved in return, but did they ever really love? I don’t think they knew love requires you be true to yourself, thus loving thyself first before attempting to love another. Isn’t that the real tragedy of their lives?

We were in love with their talent. We idolized them, one for creativity the other for beauty. However, I sometimes think we loved them more because of the trouble that encompassed their lives, thus being labeled an enigma wrapped in a riddle. As long as they were around we didn’t have to look at ourselves. I guess that’s why so many of us became voyeurs.

We must look at the “Thriller” and fallen “Angel” not through a voyeur’s eyes, but as everyday people like us – troubled, challenged and trying to make it through this journey we call life. We must examine their mistakes, especially their extreme self-indulgence and egocentric behavior in order to learn lessons and find hope within us and the world at large.

The drama that haunts them after death, especially with Michael Jackson, is grossly abnormal and inappropriate. Regardless of being the King of Pop, the pomp and circumstance is a bit over the top, especially when we demand the President of the United States to voice his thoughts about Michael Jackson’s death and then cut him down because they don’t meet with our approval.

Both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett were troubled figures just like the ones in a Shakespearian novel. We’ve not heard the last of them, and they will haunt us through the ages: Michael with his songs and Farrah with her feathery locks of golden blonde hair.

We need to let them go with grace, style and dignity and discontinue this blitz of media fanfare. Enough is enough. Michael and Farrah, you are true icons. You brought joy to my life through music, video, television and movies. Thank you for making my world a little brighter. Your immoral behavior I shall let go, and your magic will live on when I hear “Billie Jean” or watch a rerun of “Charlie’s Angels.” I’m convinced you never really found the love you were looking for because you lost the meaning of the word, perhaps never really knowing its true meaning.

So many of us confuse love with other things. I know people who think getting drunk night after night shields them from ever having to think about or feel love. For others, love is based on money, fame and power. Then there are those individuals who think sex is love. Sex is not love, and true love is a gift to last forever but only if you nurture it, and that requires truth. Being true to you first will bring the truest love.

I know a boy… He’s not very strange, but he is enchanting. He wandered very far, very far looking for love indeed. He was shy at first and sad of eye, nevertheless he was very wise indeed. And then one day, it really was a magical day, someone passed his way. When he speaks of many things, he always says, “One of the greatest things that ever happened to him is that he was loved and gave love in return.” That boy is me… I truly loved and I received love in return. Was it luck? No. It was because I love myself and I hope you love you. Self-love brings real love. Dear Reader, may you experience more love than you can handle, and you will if you love thyself first. – paerki

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