By David Coy
In Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages, he identifies at least three that can be translated to all relationships for people who desire a positive outcome and development. He cites words of affirmation, quality time and acts of service. In recent months we have seen reported acts of service that people have displayed toward others who were in more dire straits than they. This and more are acts of love whether we realize it or not. Concern toward others is an admirable trait in all who choose to act with such selflessness. During times of challenge or crisis, we have seen good rise to the surface in our fellow Americans. Sadly, we have also seen the bad rise. This ought not to be, but intense emotion such as those that group together and build in a person during their journey with grief can consume a person if not held in check with the rational mind in the lead. In other words, people who allow themselves to be led by emotion rather than reason tend to make poor if not very bad choices and decisions. Our conscience alone should never be our guide, neither should evil motives.
This is not the first time the public experienced a period of tribulation that produced grief. In times past there was sorrow experienced because of outward events or circumstances. There were those who sought to exploit the situation and those who sought to comfort. There are lessons we may learn to grow and be strengthened from our experiences. Truth is always transparent and seeks to hide nothing. Truth will always speak with unreserved openness. In the midst of sorrow we may rejoice in relationships in spite of our suffering.
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