Happy birthday, John Lennon

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”  ― John Lennon

What motivates you? Is it fear, or is it love?

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15 thoughts on “Happy birthday, John Lennon

  1. Janet Robinson October 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm Reply

    What a profound quote. I’ve never seen this before. Thank you so much for posting it, and I’m definitely going to share it. John Lennon was truly one of the greatest artists of his day and will long be remembered.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm Reply

      I agree, his lyrics and message are still thought-provoking today. I wonder what he would say today if here?


  2. Janet Robinson October 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Janet Robinson and commented:
    I love this quote by John Lennon…


  3. Dip It Black October 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Beautiful post and so true.
    Yesterday it was fear. Today it’s love and tomorrow it can be fear again.
    Hope one day it’s only love :). Hope that for you too. You really contribute with your posts, they are really making you thing.



    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply

      Yes, hopefully we all move more and more towards love – myself definitely included. 🙂


  4. inspire1life October 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Inspire 1 Life Everyday and commented:
    Do you live in fear or love?


  5. mauruschka October 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on In My Right Mind and commented:
    This is an awsome thought, and happy birthday John lennon.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm Reply

      Thank you for reblogging my post. How kind of you!


      • mauruschka October 14, 2012 at 4:04 am



  6. fayeforever21 October 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply

    Great post. God is love and that is the direction we should all be moving towards. It is a step by step and day by day journey.



    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Yes, God is definitely the source. Thank you for your insight and comments!


      • fayeforever21 October 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        You are very welcome and thank you for making us your readers think.


  7. Melissmor October 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Ooooh, I got to agree with ‘Dip it Black’, for me it is both. Right now I’m in between Fear and Love and I’m going the full distance both ways and then I remember, just in the nick of time to humble myself, let God in and then I find that balance. I LOVE this!

    Thank you for your words of honor!


  8. Gist October 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm Reply

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply

      Thank you.


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