Such a momentous week! A new president! Inaugural balls and parades and heart lifting speeches. The operative word is HOPE – and dedication.
We are urged to do something for our country.
When I think of helping my country, some immediate pictures spring to mind. Photos I've seen in old newsreels: Factory workers assembling things on assembly lines. Farmers plowing, harvesting, sowing in fields.
Miners with sooty faces. Steel workers amidst blazing furnaces.
Teachers in their classrooms. Houses being built. Rosie the Riveter riveting.
I can't do any of those things. What I do is write. And mostly I write about Romance. For the first time in a long time, that made me feel inadequate. Usually that can only be done by impossibly rude pseudo intellectuals at cocktail parties. (Raised eyebrow: "Oh. You write Romance?" Cue snickering)
And then I got to thinking about it.
What the world needs now is love. And what I write about is love. Oh, sure there's sex in it, because love leads to many things, including sex. But I don't write just about sex. For me, that would be like writing about exercise. It would be boring,or clinical, and that's not Romance.
I may throw in mystery, or suspense, politics and history, but my books are about love.
I write happy endings and about love that conquers all. But there wasn't a speech that mentioned those things. I suddenly felt useless, wondering what I was doing for my country.
I hoped I was encouraging readers to dream, to seek, to hope itself.
That's when I realized what love's got to do with it. Love is what we need now to see us through tough times ahead.
And although no one said it, I think that's what all those heart-lifting speeches were about.
What the world needs now is love. All kinds of love: from carnal to white weddings. From high romance to the love for a neighbor or a coworker. And, of course, to love of country.
And Love opens your heart and mind. Love leads to more love.
What do you think?