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If we only have love

If we only have love

This week I heard the speaker/author/coach Alan Seale say, that every time before he gets up on a stage, he tells himself: "Just love them".

Since I heard that I am working on saying it more to myself, than I did before. Every time when I feel a judgment toward myself or others come up, I (try to:-) think: "Just love them". "Just love me".

It made me think of one of the most beautiful songs of Jacques Brel: 'Quand on n'a que l'amour'. A song to sing along with a very loud voice. To do that you find the French text and a very free English translation.

The most beautiful sentence:

"Quand on n’a que l’amour pour vivre nos promesses
Sans nulle autre richesse que d’y croire toujours".

Something like:

"If we only have love
to live into our promises
Without any other luxury
than to always believe in it"

Enjoy Jacques Brel singing it in this link!

Love others and yourself. The only way to bring connection in our otherwise quite polarizing world.


Brel “Quand on n’a que l’amour”

 

Quand on n’a que l’amour a s’offrir en partage

Au jour du grand voyage qu’est notre grand amour

Quand on n’a que l’amour, mon amour toi et moi

Pour qu’eclatent de joie chaque heure et chaque jour


Quand on n’a que l’amour pour vivre nos promesses

Sans nulle autre richesse que d’y croire toujours

Quand on n’a que l’amour pour meubler de merveilles

Et couvrir de soleil la laideur des faubourgs


Quand on n’a que l’amour pour unique raison

Pour unique chanson et unique secours


Quand on n’a que l’amour pour habiller matin

Pauvres et malandrins de manteaux de velours

Quand on n’a que l’amour a offrir en prière

Pour les maux de la terre en simple troubadour


Quand on n’a que l’amour a offrir a cela

Dont l’unique combat est de chercher le jour

Quand on n’a que l’amour pour tracer un chemin

Et forcer le destin a chaque carrefour


Quand on n’a que l’amour pour parler aux canons

Et rien qu’une chanson pour convaincre un tambour

Alors sans avoir rien que la force d’aimer

Nous aurons dans nos main, amis, le monde entier

IF WE ONLY HAVE LOVE 

If we only have love

Then tomorrow will dawn

And the days of our years

Will rise on that morn


If we only have love

To embrace without fears

We will kiss with our eyes

We will sleep without tears


If we only have love

With our arms open wide

Then the young and the old

Will stand at our side


If we only have love

Love that’s falling like rain

Then the parched desert earth

Will grow green again


If we only have love

For the hymn that we shout

For the song that we sing

Then we’ll have a way out


If we only have love

We can reach those in pain

We can heal all our wounds

We can use our own names


If we only have love

Then Jerusalem stands

And then death has no shadow

There are no foreign lands


If we only have love

We will never bow down

We’ll be tall as the pines

Neither heroes nor clowns


If we only have love

Then we’ll only be men

And we’ll drink from the grail

To be born once again


Then with nothing at all

But the little we are

We’ll have conquered all time

All space, the sun and the stars




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