Nepo writes “While this is in part true, I believe there is a dimension of the inner life that is as imperative and equivalent as food and shelter. Without the fulfillment of these basic inner needs, we are just fed and sheltered bodies void of life. Without love, truth, and compassion, all the comforts of modern life don’t matter..” He goes on to say “Without this understanding, we often defer the risk to love. I need to establish myself before I can get involved. I need nice clothes first. I’ll become physically desirable first. I’ll eliminate all my problems first.” He proposes that we do similar things around our treasure, saving money for when we retire rather than buying a bouquet (or spending in some other “extravagant” way) for someone we love.
Nepo’s message encourages us to consider whether or not we are risking saving for a future that may not come… And he encourages us to no longer defer expressing the love we have for others. Make the call. Gas up the car – yes, even at $3.50 a gallon, and go and make that visit you so often think about making. Buy the flowers, or the chocolates, or the book that you know will mean so much. Turn the world upside down by starting with love.