It’s Sunday, December 1st, 2002, 7:33 p.m. ABC is broadcasting
‘Pinocchio’. I’m killing a little time until ‘Sopranos’ comes on at 8:00.
Seventeen years ago I started Diamond Cutters International; eleven
years ago I wrote the first edition of ‘How to Buy a Diamond’; and six
years ago dci.sailingstones.net appeared on the web to support
my now #1 best selling book. Every month I’m going to tell you what’s
going on in my world and the world of diamonds. I’m going to share
articles right off the press before they go live on the web or into
magazines or books. This holiday season I have a lot to be thankful for.
Newsweek, GQ, Men’s Health, US Weekly, Washington Post and L.A.
Times’, to name a few, have all prominently spread the word that buying
the right diamond at the right price is a reality. ‘Men’s Health’ in their
December edition laid notice to all retailers that they better get on the
bonding bandwagon or they’ll soon be left customerless.
For this holiday season I’d like to share with you an article I just wrote
entitled ‘Love’. It was inspired by a question I was asked by a very
inquisitive student, Nadia Gire in a Junior Achievement class that I mentor
at Lee High School. Last Saturday, during one of our classes she asked
me what the definition of ‘Love’ was and how would someone recognize
it? I gave a brief answer about how I met my wife and how love has
affected my life. Over the weekend I realized my answer was incomplete.
So, this morning I got up with the birds in my Houston home and tried the
best I could to answer the question, ‘What is love?’ It is my deepest wish
that my words will find a place in your heart.
What is Love?
Love is an unconscious decision, a sense of being. Love is freedom.
Love is joy. Love empowers and let’s go. Love sets no limits or
boundaries. It is endless. Love requires and needs nothing in return.
Love is spontaneous. Love is almighty. Love does not live in the world of
expectation and prefers only what occurs. Love doesn’t know failure for it
sees the perfection in every design and outcome. Love does not seek
knowledge because it already is the truth, the way, the question and the
answer. Love is a gift, a smile, a hug, a gesture of good faith, a promise
that is unspoken. Love is all. Love is fearless. Love is change.
What isn’t Love?
Love is not selective. Love is not judgmental. Love knows no doubt.
Love does not set requirements or rules. Love is not jealous. Love does
not hope or think or believe; love knows. Love does not have needs.
Bodies have needs, souls do not. Love is the soul fully expressed. Love
is a soul fully expressed and accepted by another. Love is the realization
that there is no other. Only you and I as parts of one. To hate another is to
hate a part of one’s self. To love another is to love one’s self. To truly love
another you must truly love yourself. To give love you must be love. To be
love you must let go of bigotries, hatred, expectations, requirements,
disappointments, needs, jealousies and doubts. To be love is to accept
that life equals change and change equals beauty. All truth is beautiful,
all truth is love.
When Do You Fall in Love?
It is said that when the student is ready the teacher will appear. So will
love. As long as you find fault in yourself so will others and push you
away. When you come to the realization that you are one of nature’s
greatest miracles, so will others. Be loving. Do this by reminding others,
awakening others, to the miracles that they themselves are. When two
souls awaken in the same time, love is created. A common-union. A
What is love? Love is everything.