The Love That Impels


Hellyer County Park, San Jose CA

I have always loved this quote from Blaise Pascal:
The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing”.
Or, one can let it play trippingly on one’s tongue in French:
“Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas.”

There can never be a mathematical formula for love.
Much less a financial accounting for it.
Raising a family does not make financial sense.
Giving without expecting anything in return will mean bankruptcy in business.

And yet, therein lies the magic and the mystery,
the power and promise of love.
Small acts can lead to great things.
A touch, a hug, a kiss, a caress can change lives
more effectively than money or power.
Just being constantly present can make more difference
than exerting one great heroic effort.
After a lifetime of trying to make a difference in the big world,
to exert heroic efforts to change lives and touch people,
I am now quietly and humbly doing small things
for just a handful of people,
for those I have helped bring into this world,
for those who have touched and changed my life,
for those whose lives I have touched and somehow changed.

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