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Love

L        O V         E

Isn’t there a song about these letters? Of course! there are many songs about LOVE. I remember my parents singing L is for the way you look at me, O is for the only one I see, V is very very extraordinary E is even more than anyone that you adore ……

However, as we all know LOVE is really complicated.

LOVE can be a noun. The meaning as a noun can include compassion, caring, regard, concern, warmth, friendliness, friendship, kindness, charity, goodwill, sympathy, altruism, philanthropy, humanity and many other words and actions.

LOVE can also be a verb for example ‘I LOVE to go to the beach’ or ‘I LOVE animals’ or even ‘I LOVE exercise classes!!

My husband David and I have been married for 35 years. I do remember our vows, these are what we wanted at the time. ‘LOVE is patient, LOVE is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…..’ After 35 years all I can say is LOVE is complicated!

Ok great, I have got that part out in the open now! But LOVE is far more than a relationship with one other person. I believe you cannot LOVE someone without loving yourself first.

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s depression set in quickly. I found it very hard to feel LOVE. The excitement of day to day life had disappeared. I felt the world was carrying on without me. I was afraid.

Tom Jones sung it for me ‘Without LOVE there is nothing, there is no tomorrow. To live for today and to LOVE for tomorrow is the wisdom of the fool, because tomorrow is promised to no one because LOVE is the wonderful thing that the whole wide world needs plenty of.  And if you think for one minute you can live without it then you are only fooling yourself’.

My fear seemed to be able to take LOVE as a verb away from me. What I didn’t realize was nothing could take the noun form of LOVE away, not even Parkinson’s.

LOVE is a feeling that expresses itself in action. What we really feel is reflected in what we do. The poet’s song can be dazzling and the passion powerful, but the deepest beauty of LOVE is how it changes lives.

Parkinson Wellness Project is LOVE. It is a community of compassion, caring, regard, concern, warmth, friendliness, friendship, kindness, charity, goodwill, sympathy, altruism, philanthropy, humanity and a great interest and pleasure. This is all due to the wonderful folks I have met on my new journey. From our board members to every participant LOVE is alive. Thank you all for the gift of new LOVE.

JILLIAN


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