The good in this world far outweighs the evil. Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to fear is compassion, it’s unity, and it is love.
Since September 2018 my friends and I have been standing with Love signs at the main intersection of Black Mountain, NC on Wednesday evenings from 5 pm to 6 pm. When the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order went into effect for our county, Ruby asked the police if we could still stand. The police officer said, “I cannot imagine ever arresting a person for holding a Love sign. Just be certain to remain at a social distance from one another.” She promised we would.
My friends Ruby, Larry, Robin, Marty, and I hang Love signs around our necks, wave, smile, make eye contact with the drivers, passengers, joggers (at safe distance), pedestrians (at safe distance), who move through the traffic pattern of red light, yellow light, green light.
During dark gray rainy skies, bright blue sunshiny skies with white puffy clouds, clear powder blue skies, winds that blow through our wild and free growing hair-well, not Larry, because he’s bald, we radiate loving energy to our neighbors, most of whom we haven’t met close up. We don’t know many of their names, but we know their faces and smiles.
People roll down their windows and share with much enthusiasm:
God Bless You!
We love you, too!
Thank you so much!
You just don’t know how good this makes us feel!
This is the Highlight of my Day!
A child holds up his handmade Love sign filled with red, purple, blue hearts and presses the sign against the window so we can see it as his mom turns the corner through the intersection.
From the backseat, window rolled down, a little girl exclaims: “I know You! What’s your name? My name is Charlotte. I love you. I know you!”
Many car and truck horns beep, hands wave vigorously, people smile, some even cheer, and stretch their arms out way out of the windows to wave or share a thumbs up. Cyclists wave from their bicycles. Bikers wave from their motorcycles.
We connect in the energy of gorgeous smiles that transform people’s faces and transcend names, job titles, roles, affiliations, and exterior packaging.
We meet in the intersection of our love, our care for one another, that moment of gratitude for this human life we get to live.