Love Travels Far and Fast

A few years ago I began ending my letters and e-mails with some variation of the words “sending love” or “sending a hug.” I often receive a reply from someone who confirms that she could feel my hug, and I have come to believe that this is truly possible. We really can send love to someone far away, someone who is often in our thoughts or someone who may need a bit of additional support. I believe that if we are clear in our intention to send love, the person intended to receive it actually does. And while I cannot prove this theory, here’s a story that supports my belief.

About three years back, a friend (let’s call her Anna) and I were on our way to have dinner at a local restaurant. We drove by a store that had just opened and we decided to make a quick stop. The small shop was run by a delightful woman who loved to chat, and she spoke to us as we looked around the store. Anna and I stopped at a wooden rack on which simple necklaces were displayed, each with one multi-colored glass bead hanging on a silver chain. As Anna’s birthday was approaching, I asked her to select one. I did the same, and we wore our new necklaces out of the store. That necklace was a favorite of mine in the months that followed, but then it remained untouched in a jewelry pouch in a dresser drawer.

Anna and I do not talk often, but I feel a deep and unexplainable connection to her and to her husband (let’s call him Andrew). I hadn’t spoken to Anna in several months when she responded to an e-mail I send out about a Women’s Circle I was invited to lead in New York in September. Anna wrote about a challenging situation that she and her family were facing, so I called her. We had a great conversation, caught up on each other’s news, and as we said goodbye I told her that I would keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. A few days later, I searched through the jewelry pouch for my glass bead necklace and then sent this text message – “Wearing my glass necklace as a sign of solidarity, Anna. I love you and am sending a big hug to you & Andrew. ..xoxo”

An hour later I received this reply – “Hi, Sharon. That is so cosmic. So am I. Guess I could feel your connection.” I smiled and tears filled my eyes. Anna was able to feel my love and I could feel hers, not because we were wearing our matching necklaces but rather, I believe, because we our love traveled as we thought about each other. We were “being there” for each other without being together. I cannot prove this, but I know it is true.

We live in a world where unconditional love is rarely mentioned and where our reliance on e-communication contributes to a growing lack of emotional connection. I believe that we can change our lives, and the world, by investing more time and energy in loving and respecting ourselves as well as those we encounter each day. We can be more generous with our love and also more open to receiving love from others. As for me, I am committed to helping make this a better world one hug at a time, in person or across the miles. If you believe that love travels far and fast (or even if you don’t), send some now to someone you know.

Sending you love and a very big hug!

Sharon

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14 Responses to Love Travels Far and Fast

  1. eee October 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    hi sharon!

    i’ve been meaning to send you an update on life. in the meantime, sending a *big hug* from nyc.

    erin

    • sharon October 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

      SO good to hear from you, Erin! Hug gratefully received and sending one right back to you! xoxo

  2. MP October 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    This is a beautiful post. You are completely right. thank you.

    • sharon October 27, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks very much, MP. Sending love and a very big hug!

  3. Kate October 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Sharon, what a lovely story about you and your friend. Thank you for the reminder that it only takes a few moments to send unconditional love to anyone, anywhere. And what we receive back is tenfold. You are a treasure to so many women. I’m glad to count you among my friends.

    Sending YOU a hug wherever you are,

    Kate

    • sharon October 24, 2013 at 6:08 am #

      Thank you very much these thoughts, Kate, and for being a wonderful friend. I am grateful that you are in my life.

      Sending love and another hug,

      Sharon

  4. Paula October 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Sharon,
    I totally agree.
    I sign most of my “non-work” (and even some of my work) emails with “XO” and i mean it. I am so appreciative of the people in my life, I want them to feel my appreciation and my love and respect! I want them to know I am in their court.

    Thanks for sharing the story and reinforcing something I believe!
    xo
    Paula

    • sharon October 24, 2013 at 6:11 am #

      Thank you for taking the time to share your comments, Paula, and for stressing the importance of appreciation, love and respect.

      Sending you love and another hug,

      Sharon

  5. Debi October 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    My dear Sharon,

    I feel your love here in Madrid. And I am sure that Anna and Andrew felt your love and support, and had more strength to get through their difficult times. It is called the healing power of love for a reason. It is such a strong and powerful emotion. I see your smiling face as I write this note. Sending lots of love and a big hug your way.

    • sharon October 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      Dear Debi, thanks so much for sending love and a big hug – I feel them and am very grateful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the “healing power of love.” How fortunate I feel to know you! Sending more love and another very big hug all the way to Madrid! xoxoxox

  6. Teena Lerman October 20, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Loved your post and felt your hug. I believe with you that when we send love the person will receive it, even in — especially in — cyberspace. I’ve been brought to tears many a time when someone signed off an e-mail or text with “hugs” or even just xoxo. As much as I love getting snail mail, I love that we can now send love faster, almost at the same moment we are thinking of someone, and for the most part be sure that they will feel it the same moment also. Sending love and a big hug back to you.

    • sharon October 20, 2013 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us, Teena! This comment made my heart smile…”I love that we can now send love faster” Sending love and another very big hug! xoxoxox

  7. Gloria October 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Sharon,
    Once again your timing is perfect.
    Love you much,
    Gloria

    • sharon October 20, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks very much, Gloria! I love you, too! xoxoxox