Pledge to Love

Pledge to Love

Lately, I have been roaming the streets of Edmonton, haunted by the same question I believe many of us are worried about: what can I give to others—especially my loved ones—this Christmas?

This question was answered for me by a fact I came upon. Recently, I’ve learned that scientists believe that factors like one’s mood, feelings, and even one’s memories may affect their perception of colours. So, two people could be staring at the same sunset, have the same wavelengths reach their eyes, but “see” different colours.

With that in mind, this led me to reflect on how differently each and every one of us perceives and experiences the world.

We roam the same earth, but it’s a different earth for everyone. My blue is not your blue. My day wasn’t like yours.
Moving forward, we must remember this as a gift to one another.

Many times, we forget to love one another as we’d like to be loved ourselves. We instinctually fall back to only considering ourselves and our perception. But, when you love someone, you have to think about them too. You must place yourself in their shoes and strive to infuse understanding, patience, and kindness in your daily responses to others.

Admittedly, I have found that it’s often difficult to remember how complex everyone’s lives are as I encounter and brush past people every day, especially during my weekday school routine. However, during this season of giving, I pledge to give others the gift of love by taking the time to consider others while I make my day-to-day decisions, and I urge you to do the same. I have found that moments’ decisions add up to years of results, so never underestimate your impact on this world.

To finish, I would like to leave you all with a quote from one of my favourite wise men, Martin Luther King Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

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