My dad always defined love as holding someone else's safety and wellbeing as your highest priority. Today I see that advice as the foundation of what we at Home Hospice Association have committed to.
Coming back from a meeting, a couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Avi said to me; "I don't know how you do it. How do you deal with death and dying people every single day?"
My answer to him (and trust me he is not the first person to ask me this question) was simply; I focus on what I can do and not what I can not do. I can not make some one healed; I have no medical miracles in my bag of tricks. I can not give someone more time than they have.
But I can help to make sure that time is meaningful; that when it comes to the love they share, with those who love them, nothing is left unsaid and in some cases help them to live more in their remaining time than they may have done in in their entire life up to this moment.
That is what I can do, this is how I can hold someone else's safety and wellbeing as my highest priority. This is how I have chosen to live my life in love. And it may not be for everyone, but it is absolutely "for me".
We are all called to live our life with love. We may all define it in very different ways. Will you chose one person today to love in your way?