I am heartbroken for families and friends who lost loved ones and for those who were injured or threatened during the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.
The most powerful way I know to oppose or reverse something is to do the opposite. In the midst of my righteous anger, I am choosing the opposite of evil.
The opposite of evil is LOVE, which includes the attributes of joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Rather than write a sad story, I want to celebrate the Paris I love.
*Recently, a reader wrote to me sounding incensed at the lightness in which I wrote about love and terrorism in the same article. He thought I was recommending that we love terrorists and treat them mercifully. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to clarify.
This isn’t a suggestion to love evil, this is a reminder that evil attempts to erase the attributes of love. If love is erased, we are left with misery, chaos, cowardice, cruelty, depravity, faithlessness, inhumanity, and lack of character.
As I add this clarification, I am taking a deeper look at myself. I am considering how I can become more loving. There can never be too much love, for it is the greatest of all gifts.
I don’t love Paris because of its “cool factor”. I love it because of its dedication to excellence. I love the attention to quality and detail that is paid to architecture, fragrance, cosmetics, fashion, gastronomiques, cookware, furniture and so much more.
A great looking shop – after hours Menu board from my husband’s and my favorite restaurant
Cappuccinos in Limoges porcelain at breakfast
Light, flakey, buttery, delectable croissants
Lox and bagels – my mouth is watering at the memory!
Fromage et du painRomanceHistory – Montmartre
Arc de Triomphe
Trompe-l’œil faux bois paint treatment!! – LOVE!Living wall at Musee du Quai Branly
The Louvre and some romance!
Exquisite Fashion and exhibitsBeautiful architecture at Printemps department store
Landmarks – la tour Eiffel