Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Jackie Stammen

1/14/2014 (2 years ago)

Laughs and Love (laughsandlove.com)

Pursue what matters most.

So, I was going to go to bed, but two things happened in the last ten minutes that inspired me to write a blog post instead.

Friendships are valuable in life. It is very important to love and be loved.

Friendships are valuable in life. It is very important to love and be loved.

Highlights

By Jackie Stammen

Laughs and Love (laughsandlove.com)

1/14/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: music, neon lights phrase, relationships are most important, things can't love you back, what are your motives, love, be loved, friend, God,


One of those things was a result of a conversation with a friend. As we spoke, a phrase she said, was basically flashing in neon lights in my head and begging me to write a blog post about it. My crazy brain sort of works that way. I get my inspiration from real life. I write those pieces of inspiration in a notebook and from some of those ideas, a blog post is born. Well, the phrase she used didn't even make it to my notebook, instead it took the fast track to my blog.

Shortly after this conversation, I saw a note from a friend who was kindly encouraging me about recent blog posts. It was nice to hear. Sometimes when you make yourself vulnerable to post things from your heart, you never know how it'll be received by the people who take the time to read it, and for me it can be intimidating and scary at times. Sometimes even enough to discourage me from writing altogether.

All this to say, both of those happenings have encouraged me to write, right now.

So, back to the conversation my friend and I were having tonight... We were talking about life, work and relationships - basically trying to solve all of life's mysteries and dilemmas. More than anything, I guess we were trying to calm the storm within our own hearts and minds.

As we talked about relationships in particular, the 'neon lights' phrase she used, was 'music can't love me back.' I love music, she loves music, we both work in music. It can be amazing at times and at others it can be challenging. Sometimes it can cause us to lose sight of what's really most important (as so many things we love in life can do). No matter how much we love our jobs or our hobbies or activities we are involved with, the jobs, hobbies and activities can't love us back. So often we sacrifice important relationships in order to pursue things that can't love us back.

God is always where love is.


Guilty here. I've definitely done that in my lifetime. Pretty sure I'm probably doing it currently too - probably even without realizing. But is it worth it? Sure, we need to have jobs, hobbies and other activities to be involved in for lots of reasons and to help enhance our lives and even help build relationships. BUT are you sacrificing your most important relationships in order move closer to something that will never and can never love you back?

The underlining truth that came from this conversation is some things in life are just less important than others in the grand scheme of things. Some relationships aren't healthy or beneficial to you, but some relationships need to be nurtured and put above all the other things in our lives.

What are your motives? What are you pouring yourself into above all else? Can it love you back?

Laughs and Love,
Jackie:-)

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...



Comments


More Blog

The Secret Of My Heart (And Maybe Yours Too) Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Living deep in the recesses of my heart, there's a secret I've been keeping. I confess I've been way too proud to admit my secret for years. Too proud because admitting it out loud seems scary. Too proud because I fear how I will be perceived. Too proud because I don't ... continue reading


Live Authentically Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Matthew 23. NASHVILLE, TN - It's funny how life leads me to interpret things that I read differently at different times. I can read something once and glean from it something entirely different than I did a year ago reading the exact same thing. Today I read Matthew 23 ... continue reading


Hello Gorgeous Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Once upon a time I enjoyed shopping, like really enjoyed it. Perhaps because I grew up an hour from the nearest 'real' mall so it wasn't too often I would go within a year. My younger years were in a time before online shopping so that wasn't even an option. In middle ... continue reading


The Power of Making People Feel Welcome Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

One of the greatest things you can do for someone is to make them feel welcome. NASHVILLE, TN - A map dot. That's where I grew up. A tiny map dot in the great state of Ohio. Approximate population: 2,500. My hometown of St. Henry, OH is so small it's technically not ... continue reading


Mary My Mother - Be At my Side Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

The great value of retreats is that the guidance and insight gained during those intense times of prayer and silence never stop giving. Every time I re-read my notes from past retreats I gain additional direction and encouragement. Let me share an example of what I ... continue reading


Never Stop Seeking Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

"Seek. The finding is not our job. Just seek and you will find." ~Father Kevin McGoldrick NASHVILLE, TN - Let your heart be led by the seeking. You don't have to know the outcome, you don't have to see the whole pathway, all you have to do is take the first step. It's ... continue reading


Happy New Year Resolutions! Watch

Image of

By Shelly A. Schneider

Did you make them? Have you already fallen off that proverbial wagon? I bet you at least gave the resolution thing some thought, especially after all that candy, turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, more mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. In 2016, my resolutions are more ... continue reading


What To Do With Your Hearts, Works, Joys and Sorrows Each Day Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

What a treasure trove of wisdom and spiritual insight our Church has accumulated over the centuries! The problem is that there are so many jewels, we forget what and where they are. CANASTOTA, NY - How fortunate I was to stumble upon this gem - this Advice to ... continue reading


Love Has Come Watch

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jn 1:1) "And the Word became flesh..." (Jn 1:14) "...God is love." (1 Jn 4:8)What do these versus have in common, and what do they have to do with the Matt Maher song Love Has Come? ... continue reading


The Look Watch

Image of

By Shelly A. Schneider

My husband, Jim, and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I hope if you're married that you're still able to look at your husband or wife with love. I hope that time has not diminished, but enhanced, the love you feel for your spouse. And I hope you ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • Daily Reading for Friday, February 12th, 2016 HD Video
  • Daily Reading for Saturday, February 13th, 2016 HD Video
  • The Way of the Cross continues on
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • St. Buonfiglio Monaldo: Saint of the Day for Friday, February 12, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9
1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:14-15
14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 12th, 2016 Image

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo
February 12: He was one of seven Florentines who had joined ... Read More