THE LONelY HEARTS CLUB πŸ’”

Mother Teresa remains one my greatest heroes. She would have prime position at my ultimate (dead or alive) dinner party and I would sit myself at her feet, absorbing as much of her heart for humanity as possible. In her lifetime, she devoted all that was to the sick and the poor and yet her famous last words were that... "the greatest poverty of all is that of a lonely heart" πŸ’”

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It is true - that you can be surrounded by all the love and support, riches and glory in the world and still suffer... LONELINESS. πŸ’” 

I am always so impacted by how much joy there is in the people who live in extreme impoverished communities ... It reminds me of when I went to India a couple of years ago and a local man told me of an experiment that took place where they took individuals OUT from the slums and placed them INTO western-world style, luxury apartments by themselves. These people SO hated being alone and missed the community they had always known in their villages, that the majority of them willingly chose to go back to their slums to live out the rest of their lives. Perhaps, they were more "rich" than I perceived them to be. 

We were created to have deep and meaningful relationships & to belong within a community. It doesn't matter how "well-off" you may be - lack of friendship, intimacy & belonging can be agonising to our souls. 

A while ago, I somehow found myself on a group chat πŸ“± involving a couple of my best friends who are currently single, and we affectionately named the chat "The Lonely Hearts Club"...  πŸ’­ 

They would send memes and illustrations back and forth that accurately described LIFE

Things like ... 

And this ... 

And this ... 

And this ... 

And this ...  

But what I love and admire about these girls (and one boy I should ad), is that while they might be "single"... they're OWNING their seasons.

One of my favourite lyrics in a song puts it plain and simple... The lyric is... "...while I'm waiting, I'm not waiting...". I think this principle is "lived-out" by my friends. They have dreams and desires for their futures... and are holding fast to the promises that are yet to come ... but in the meantime, they have embraced an attitude that doesn't resolve to think that life only begins once they have found their partner... or once they start a family. They're living life as well as they can, fully and expectantly. They travel ✈️. They go out on dates πŸ§€ πŸ·. They work hard πŸ€“πŸ’»πŸ“Š. They're healthy 🍏. But most importantly, they're thriving on their relationships with their families, friends and colleagues ❀️. They are some of the most courageous people I know... They have put themselves out there... overcome "failed" relationships and "broken-off" engagements, made stupid mistakes and have sometimes succumbed to the pain of cold lonely nights. But that's okay... because my point is this... THEY ARE LIVING AND LEARNING AND LIVING SOME MORE!!!! It's a beautiful and THRILLING existence. 

If you're in 'The Lonely Hearts Club' .... here's my 2 cents .... don't have an impoverished soul while you're "waiting"... invest into rich friendships... 

LIVE! Enjoy EVERY season of LIFE. Own it. Embrace it. And watch your garden grow. πŸŒ»πŸŒΉπŸŒΊπŸπŸ›πŸŒΈβ˜€οΈπŸŽπŸπŸœπŸžπŸ“πŸ‡πŸ…πŸ…πŸŒ΄πŸ˜πŸŒΉπŸŒ²β˜˜οΈπŸŽπŸƒπŸŒΏπŸ’πŸ•Έ 

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xxxx Love Laura xxxx