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Since my arrival in Memphis, my colleagues like to remind me of my Britishisms, like this list, 21 Things British People Say vs. What They Really Mean.
When I came to Memphis, I knew that the city was on a lot of “bad” lists—worst health, poorest, most obese. Those reasons are why I came to the Church Health Center to be part of making a difference. But something else I found in Memphis is love in action.
We all seek understanding. We all seek a place, a purpose, a role that allows us to be ourselves. We seek a place where we can find and convey love.
When it comes to health, we have to look at the bigger picture of a person’s life to find the changes that could truly make a difference in health. This resonates with my underlying commitment of relating to people in ways that demonstrate love and respect.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Where there is love, there is life.” Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.” Jewish artist Marc Chagall said, “In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” African American poet Maya Angelou said, “Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind.”
I think they—and many others from all walks of life—have got it right. When it comes down to it, love makes a difference in health and other outcomes.
So here’s my list: 7 Reasons Love Makes a Difference
1. Love is a sign of God’s presence.
2. Love is all-encompassing.
3. Love is at the core of human relationships.
4. Love binds everything else together.
5. Love keeps us growing.
6. Love is healing.
7. Love is action.
Love is what puts it all together.
We could make a varied list of motivations for playing more, for keeping children safe, for being more conscious about what affects our health. In the end, it comes down to love.
Love makes us flourish. Love gives us a future. Love gives our lives meaning. Love makes us healthier.