Exploring Core Values



The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal

I believe in the ingredients of love, the elements from which it is made. I believe in love’s humble, practical components and their combined power.

We adopted Luke four years ago. The people from the orphanage dropped him off at our hotel room without even saying goodbye. He was nearly six years old, only 28 pounds and his face was crisscrossed with scars. Clearly, he was terrified. “What are his favorite things?” I yelled. “Noodles,” they replied as the elevator door shut.

Luke kicked and screamed. I stood between him and the door to keep him from bolting. His cries were anguished, animal-like. He had never seen a mirror and tried to escape by running through one. I wound my arms around him so he could not hit or kick. After an hour and a half he finally fell asleep, exhausted. I called room service. They delivered every noodle dish on the menu. Luke woke up, looked at me and started sobbing again. I handed him chopsticks and pointed at the food. He stopped crying and started to eat. He ate until I was sure he would be sick.

That night we went for a walk. Delighted at the moon, he pantomimed, “What is it?” I said, “The moon, it’s the moon.” He reached up and tried to touch it. He cried again when I tried to give him a bath until I started to play with the water. By the end of his bath the room was soaked and he was giggling. I lotioned him up, powdered him down and clothed him in soft PJs. We read the book One Yellow Lion. He loved looking at the colorful pictures and turning the pages. By the end of the night he was saying, “one yellow lion.”

The next day we met orphanage officials to do paperwork. Luke was on my lap as they filed into the room. He looked at them and wrapped my arms tightly around his waist.

He was a sad, shy boy for a long time after those first days. He cried easily and withdrew at the slightest provocation. He hid food in his pillowcase and foraged in garbage cans. I wondered then if he would ever get over the wounds of neglect that the orphanage had beaten into him.

It has been four years. Luke is a smart, funny, happy fourth-grader. He is loaded with charm and is a natural athlete. His teachers say he is well behaved and works very hard. Our neighbor says she has never seen a happier kid.

When I think back, I am amazed at what transformed this abused, terrified little creature. It was not therapy, counselors or medications. It did not cost money, require connections or great privilege. It was love: just simple, plain, easy to give. Love is primal. It is comprised of compassion, care, security, and a leap of faith. I believe in the power of love to transform. I believe in the power of love to heal.

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Write a post where you do the following:

(1) indicate the core value(s) that the author presents in the essay

(2) discuss why you find your chosen essay interesting

(3) explain a personal connection you have with the author’s core value(s) and experiences

(4) demonstrate basic sentence structure

Example:  (ca. 150 words) In her essay, “We Are All Stardust,” Kimberly Woodberry shares her core values of spirituality and interconnection. I found Woodberry’s essay interesting in that she expresses both our reliance on the divine and on each other as human beings. This idea really resonates with me because I also believe that we are all bound together by our common human experience and that a higher being orchestrates it all. The personal connection that I can make with Woodberry is that her core values of spirituality and interconnection were largely shaped by her father. As the daughter of a minister, it is my father who really helped me to understand the divine and how our lives are connected with the lives of others. 

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My Post: (140-160 words)

In her essay, “The power of love to transform and to heal,” Jackie Lantry’s shares her core values of compassion, care, security, and a leap of faith values, but mainly love. I found Jackie Lantry’s essay interesting on how her love for the child has transformed and healed her adopted son only four years later. I have experience when giving compassion and listening to people, they will also become compassion………………not sure what to write.


                                     Exploring Core Values

In her essay, “The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal,” Jackie Lantry shares her core values of love and determination. I found this essay interesting because of how her love for the child has transformed and healed her adopted son only four years later. It also captivated me because many people take for granted or have completely forgotten the meaning and importance of love and its impact on other people’s lives. This is a good example of how love can help and transform people or animals that have being neglected. In this case, a boy faces numerous effects of neglect, but after years of continuous love, he transforms into a happy and well-behaved child. Also, I found this essay interesting because of Lantry’s determination to transform and heal Luke. She does not only adopt the child and save him from a place he faced neglect, but she is determined to change the life of the boy regardless of the challenges she faced when caring for him. It did not take days but years to transform Luke, but eventually, the boy’s initial sadness was changed to happiness. Through continuous love and Lantry’s determination, Luke adapted to his new surroundings and found the peace he always lacked. 

I have a personal connection to Lantry’s core values and experiences, particularly with my younger brother……………for help with this assignment contact us via email Address: consulttutor10@gmail.com

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