Two simple little words –
that are not simple
and they have had a huge impact on my life these last 15 months.
I have learned a lot about love since Davey, my son who was a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty last year.
I’ve been on this planet for a while and I have loved others and been loved by others my entire life.
But I never really understood the enormous power love has – until now. Love has transformed our tragedy into a growing season. It forced us to leave bitterness and anger behind – those emotions don’t fit when love is the focus. And it has helped us be thankful for what we had and for what we still have. Love has filled some of the huge hole created by the loss of Davey and it continues to cushion the rest so its possible to move forward.
Love is not simple.
Loving people who aren’t perfect and aren’t like us is not simple.
Loving people we don’t know or don’t like is not simple.
‘Love you’ is a committment. It means I always want the best for you even if that will cause me to sacrifice something on my end.
It means that I’m on your team. I will care for you, defend you, pray for you and be here for you – always.
‘Love you’ says ‘You’re important to me’. It says ‘ You’re valuable to me’. It says ‘I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt when you’re wrong or grumpy or just not very lovable.’ It says “I’m going to come up with as many excuses for your behavior as I do for my own.’
Sometimes I say ‘Love you’ to people I don’t know well or don’t know at all. This ‘Love you’ says ‘I recognize you as a good person and I’m glad we’re sharing this place or this moment together. ‘ ‘
I have discovered that this over-all ‘Love you’ culture is much more powerful than it sounds.
It’s not just words.
It’s not superficial when we also act like we ‘love you’ to the people around us. When the people around me – whether I know them or not – are important to me, the air changes around us. The mood is different. I can feel the acceptance and caring – not just of me but for each other.
A note to my Blue Family – loving each other and saying it regularly puts a band of steel under the Thin Blue Line. Love adds a strength to our relationships that you will not understand until you try it. Our family needs this strength to deal with our reality.
Love is the legacy that Davey left with us. He knew how essential love is for all of us and he made sure we told each other – regularly – at least every time we left each other.
I’m amazed at how much ‘Love you’ has changed my world since last May.
And I’m starting to comprehend how much it has changed all of us.
If you haven’t gotten on the ‘Love you’ train yet, this is your invitation to jump on. We’re just getting started and this train is going to some awesome places. The trip alone is going to worth it.
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