If our feelings were people, each with the complete and sole identity of any emotions we could ever possibly experience, they might just need a vacation occasionally. This is a story about that vacation; when all of your emotions ended up separately, yet together on a tropical island.
All of the emotions were really enjoying themselves, but the announcement of a large incoming storm sent them scattering as they were all told to evacuate the island. Everyone panicked and quickly ran to their boats to escape before the storm hit. Everyone, that is, except Love.
Love was in no hurry, and Love being…well, Love, helped the others get sent on their way. After Love had seen that everyone was off of the island and out of harm’s way, he looked around and realized there were no boats to be had. They had all been taken by the others. So Love looked for Hope.
Prosperity yelled back as he cruised by, “I have no room! My boat is filled with all of my possessions and there is no place for you here!”
A little while later, Love spotted Vanity passing by in her boat. Vanity’s boat was kept immaculate and was beautiful and perfect looking. “Please, Vanity, will you take me in your boat?” Love yelled. “All of the boats have been taken and I have no way to escape the storm!”
“You are sweaty and your clothes and feet are muddy,” Vanity shouted back. “I won’t take you because I don’t want my boat to smell like sweat and get dirty!”
Not long after vanity had disappeared on the horizon, Love saw Sorry floating by in his boat. Again, Love called for help, but Sorrow only replied. “I can’t take you. I am so sad I just want to be alone.”
Immediately behind Sorrow followed Happiness. Surely, Love thought, if anyone would give him a ride it would be Happiness. But when Love pleaded loudly for help, Happiness didn’t even reply back! Happiness was so enamored with her own happiness, she didn’t even notice Love.
Then, remarkably, Love heard a voice call out to him: “Love, come with me! I will take you with me!” Stunned but not stupid, Love gratefully jumped on board without even concerning himself with who it was that was saving him. Love rested until they reached the shore, and slept to regain his strength.
As Love awoke from resting as he sat on the shore, his rescuer was gone already. Love got up and started walking. Along the way, Love met Knowledge and asked her, “Knowledge, do you know who it was that helped me when everyone else had turned me away?”
Knowledge smiled and said to Love,”That was Time, because only Time knows Love‘s true value and what Love is capable of. Only Love can bring peace and happiness.”
My friends, when we are prosperous, we underrate Love. When we feel important, we do not appreciate love. And even in happiness and sorrow we often overlook love. It is only with time that we realize the true value of love, and love and hope are one in the same. On your life’s journey, when you find yourself feeling without hope, look for love, because you will never find the two separated from each other. Cherish every day and fill it with love and hope. Time will take care of the rest.