It is rumored that Bob Marley's last words to his son, Ziggy, before passing away in 1981 were:
"Money can't buy life"
Although this may very well be one of those urban legends left behind to symbolically summarize a man and his message, the famed Rastafarian singer was certainly well known enough for these kind of sentiments that I like to believe it's true.
One of the solid truths about life is, simply, that it is fleeting. ("Nothing is certain but death and taxes.") When our time is up, it's up, and the reality is that we have little to no control over that timing...no matter how much money or stuff we may have accumulated (because yes, all of the richest riches in the world is just stuff at the end of the day...or at the end of our lives).
But I wonder: What if we changed our currency?
What if we looked at buying life in terms of exchanging not bills or coins, but love?
Can you imagine the wonderful things that would be brought into our lives if we actively chose love and kindness (including for ourselves!), above all else? How we would leave behind a mark on this planet, long after we've left it, far more valuable than any old tangible heirloom? Heck, if you think about it, love is the most eco-friendly and recyclable inheritance out there! What if we willed love to our family and friends, instead?
This Valentine's Day I encourage you to ask yourself (and maybe hum in the tune of the classic Marley song): Could you be love, and be loved? Can you give, send, spread love generously, wholly, authentically...can you be love in action? And can you open yourself up to allow love to come to you, as well? A kind of love without judgment or fear or stipulations? This is a key piece to the equation; the exchange part. Don't ever forget to take in real love, too.
Can you believe you are worthy of this? Because I sure think so.
So, I guess what I'm trying to say is; If we make love our currency, I'd argue we most certainly could not only "buy" life...
We'd be billionaires.
What do you think? Let's do business :)
Happy Valentine's Day, loves bugs.