Blog: Finding Love in Chaos aka Love is Enough

Christine Alfery

Posted on June 19 2020

Blog: Finding Love in Chaos aka Love is Enough

Featured image: Love's Extravagant Gestures

It is hard to watch the news nowadays – there is so much happening, so much changing, so much upheaval. I heard a newscaster say “love is just not enough anymore”. 

I did a whole series on love several years ago. Love has existed powerfully ever since Christ. I have always believed that love was enough. I have been challenged frequently with this belief – but in the end love always pulls me through. 

Love's Dreamy Abandonment
Love's Dreamy Abandonment by Christine Alfery

The problem isn’t that love is not enough, the problem stems from the idea that for some reason we all have to agree, we all have to be the same and match. The problem happens when we try to make the world monochromatic.

A monochromatic world would be boring just like a monochromatic painting is boring. Monochromatic cannot define us, it cannot define the individual. The world is abstract and chaotic - and it is hard to understand abstraction.

One definition of love does not fit everyone. Just like one definition of individuality does not define everyone. A person is not only defined by their outward appearance – they have an inside and outside. A person has a heart and soul as well as clothes to cover their body. There are two side to everything and what one person thinks is uniquely different from another. This dichotomy does not mean that love no longer works, that it is not enough. That is not what love is.   

“There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is love.”    -- Einstein

 Love is all around, it is in the middle of a song, it is in a painting filled with color, it is felt in every heartbeat, and it is part of something bigger than ourselves.

Love's Extravagant Gestures by Christine Alfery
Love's Extravagant Gestures by Christine Alfery

Artists have known for a long time that life is not monochromatic. Many of us are able to read the abstractions. We live with our differences and respect them. Throughout art history people have tried to find a label that defines “art” making the artists scream “No! No! No! What about this and what about that?”. Yet somehow somewhat we all know what art is. It is the same with love. We can’t define exactly what it is, and it means something different to each of us – yet somehow we all know what it is.

 "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."   -- Einstein

When artists see everything they create as a miracle, when we all seek and see beauty and wonder, the world indeed is a beautiful place. Love is always enough.

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