Wednesday, January 29, 2014

the greatest love of all

Whitney Houston said it best.

From the moment "I Will Always Love You" was released, I spent years praising the song and even claiming that it was by far the singer's best work.

That opinion got challenged though once I stumbled upon "Greatest Love of All" about two years ago.  I was already familiar with the song, but it was only after rediscovering it that I found myself ready to appreciate it properly.  Within a few listens, the vocal prowess demonstrated in "I Will Always Love You" had taken a backseat to the message of "Greatest Love of All".

Indeed, I was ready for this.  At that time, I had just deduced some theories on self-love and was taking immense delight in seeing how straightforward they were.  Then came this song.  Its lyrics carried a message that rang loud and clear and that, more importantly, was in line with my dear theories.  I was nothing short of elated.

Much credit goes to songwriters Michael Masser and Linda Creed.

While all the words to the song are great, the final part of the chorus is where the power of the message is concentrated:
Because the greatest love of all / Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all / Inside of me
The greatest love of all / Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself / It is the greatest love of all
Imagine that.  This thing called love, that many of us have searched for, are searching for, and will be searching for, is at its greatest within us.

May we all keep learning to love ourselves.

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