“Hi baby. I’m, baby, you have to listen to me carefully. I’m on a plane that’s been hijacked. I’m on the plane, I’m calling from the plane. I want to tell you that I love you. Please tell my children that I love them very much.” This was part of the message CeeCee Lyles relayed to her husband after Flight United 93 was hijacked on September 11, 2001. The plane crashed into a reclaimed strip mine in Pennsylvania killing everyone onboard.
History, anecdotes, and news reports are replete with men and women expressing love in their final moments. The need and desire to express love is innate in every human being. Even the Greatest Commandment is all about love, as it requires us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Love is essential to human existence. Other virtues like loyalty, commitment, compassion, diligence, persistence, honesty, and integrity is sourced from the desire to show love.
Our spoken words is one of the primary ways we can express love. Speaking words of affirmation to a colleague, friend, or lover, is how we can speak love to others. Declarations and conversations with an intent to uplift, heal, restore, empower, and motivate, are ways to speak with love.
Then, there’s the most binding and powerful of declarations: “I love you.” As CeeCee Lyles has exemplified, uttering these words, even in the midst of danger and destruction, encapsulates our sentiment to those we value the most.
When you speak love, no matter what, you impart a value and memory that is eternal and priceless.