The most important lesson I’ve learned was best said in the above quote, “Love is the only rational act.” At first it seems like a basic feel good quote, but it is deeper than that. Love is the only RATIONAL act. Love has a strong image link to the heart and emotions, but Morrie connected it to our head and thinking. Put simply Love produces positive results, it works. It makes sense as a founding principal for our lives.
My kids respond to Love better than to me yelling. The waitress who is having a rough day responds better to an understanding comment from me. A smile trumps a frown in the classroom. I feel energized when I am involved in activities I love. Love works.
Living out this idea is not easy with the everyday stress we experience. But I’ve noticed that a negative reaction may solve a problem right then, but causes more issues later. While living out Love takes patience and even at times makes the current issue tough to get through, the long-term benefits are positive. It takes real strength, an intentional spirit, and an open heart, but living out the idea of Love makes all the difference. It is the rational thing to do that leads to an emotional filled life.
Bonus, because I love music I made a small playlist of songs that reveal an aspect of this idea. Enjoy.