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“The Greatest Love of All,” A Song Sent to Me By One of My Nieces

I am one of five children, and I married a guy who was one of fourteen children who is gone from my life now. However, the next generation isn’t gone. I seem to have nieces and nephews everywhere as well as great nieces and nephews. It seems that even if the parents of the kids ignore me, the next generation doesn’t. Most of these kids are parents now, and some of them have teenagers. A lot of them end up as my Facebook friends because I can only be in one place at a time. My oldest son is the oldest one among the cousins on my side of the family, and my youngest daughter is the youngest among all the cousins on her dad’s side of the family. Her dad’s side of the family is like a tribe they are so big. The oldest nephew of that part of the family is a grandfather. The older aunts used to organize them, but now a days, my oldest son organizes them. He is a District Attorney and has a very dominate, caring type of personality that everyone trusts, so he seems to be the best candidate to lead the huge extended, unusually close, family now. On top of all this, my mother was one of twelve kids and my dad one of five, and I also have cousins and second cousins coming out of every nook and cranny. I seem to have family everywhere.

I googled a picture of a big family, and this is what I got. However, this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the big families I am part of. I am part of huge families, not just big families.

This song was sent to me by one of my many nieces when we were in Romania in the 1990’s because she believed in what I was doing so much, and I thought it was beautiful. This past weekend, I went to the singing room here in Korea with a group of friends, and one of them decided to sing this song. I thought I would share it with you just in case you haven’t heard it, and if you have, sometimes we need to be reminded of the words here. This song is really worth knowing about because of the meaning. It was written by Micheal Masser and Linda Creed when Linda Creed was struggling with breast cancer. It was originally sung by George Benson in 1977, and then sung again by Whitney Houston in 1985 when it became a hit. There are so many ideas in the world with everyone trying to influence everyone else. Living with integrity and not letting ourselves be pushed around, doing what we think is right, at then end of the day, that is what we should be striving for. We need to find the right way and do it, and if we never learn to love ourselves, we can never learn to love anyone else.

The Greatest Love of All

Verse 1

I believe the children are our future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they posses inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody is searching for a hero

People need someone to look up to

I never found anyone who fulfills my needs

A lonely place to be

So I learned to depend on me

Pre Chorus

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadows

If I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe

(The Chinese character, Kanji or Han moon, for determination.

No matter what they take from me

They can’t take away my dignity

Chorus

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Because the greatest love of all

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is happening to me

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I’ve found the greatest love of all

inside of me

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The greatest love of all

Is east to achieve

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Learning to love yourself

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Is the greatest love of all

Verse 2

I believe the children are our future

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Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them al the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

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Let the children’s laughter remind us of how we used to be

Outro

And if, by chance, that special place

That you have been dreaming of

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Leads you to a lonely place

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Find your strength in love

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