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arlan veras payad
arlan veras payad AS THE season momentarily transports us to a land of love, it might serve us well to ask: Just how well do we speak the language of love? How fluent and accurate are we as itinerant interlocutors in this seasonal language? Could we not speak it as native speakers would their mother tongue?

We have been forewarned by worthy personages as Thatcher—"Beware of your thoughts, they become your words. Beware of your words, they become your actions. Beware of your actions, they become your habits. Beware of your habits, they become your character. Beware of your character, it becomes your destiny." If that were true, then whatever aspirations we have would have to be christened through words so as to mature into the flesh of reality.

God is love—the great wisdom of the ages imparts to us. That love is equated with omniscience and the concept of the all-powerful can only lead us to the realization that if any fruitful movement were to occur, it would have to be through the push of the great force of love. Would it not follow that if our accomplishments were to be prodded by what we profess and all positive changes were motivated by love, then our active role in the survival and excellence of the whole humankind is gauged by the passion with which we speak of love to humanity?

Love, that vast resource, ever so renewable and that which multiplies as it is utilized, is yet useless unless channeled for tapping. It is in this purpose where human speech is indispensable. We must therefore strike a crucial balance between love and its expression in human language; for what good is love without its expression? And for what good is there in expression devoid of purpose?

Out of love, we speak our mind and its noble conceptions: that these may exhume man from the darkness of ignorance through the light of knowledge; that these may paint on the bleakness of reality with the colors of understanding; and that these may fan away the fog of illusions with the sweeps of wisdom. Out of love, we bare our heart out and speak of its charities. We exude a whole spectrum of emotions that Happiness may find his way to the lonely, and the sad may find solace in a companionable fellow, Empathy.

Great power is indeed in speech! Some may even argue—and they themselves with much excuse from blame—that the fiery anger of the pen, deemed mightier than the sword, is easily quenched with the peaceable, yet authoritative invocations of the tongue. For no less than through this tool did the Anointed One command peace unto the troubled, healing upon the sick, and salvation upon the sinful. When He uttered—"Be still," "Your faith has healed you," and "Sin no more," He changed man back into a creation of goodness and blessedness; and forever restored the flow of God's grace.

So as beings of the light we no longer speak with words alone. We speak and respond though the eloquence of our actions: we answer danger with readiness; poverty, with industry; adversity, with grace, and uncertainty, with faith.

And even as we speak, we are aware of the need to listen, as in the case of one at prayer who, after minutes of heavenward supplications, devotes the remaining interminable hours of his life in ardent reflection on the fleshing out of God's reply through the unfolding of the same supplicant's life experiences.

[About the author. Arlan Veras Payad is a teacher of English and educational management whose recent researches center on cross-cultural and psycho-social aspects of learning among such respondents as university students in Seoul, South Korea, and high school Aeta students in the mountains of Pampanga. In his rendezvous with the quill, Arlan intends to trace the movements of the Tao in people’s route to success and well-being. In doing so, he is wont to occasionally exhibit the black humor folks use to cope with the Fates’ seemingly indifferent machinations.]

-Posted: 10:30 AM 12/23/13 | More of this author on eK!