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What's Love Got To Do With It?

Love Through A Child's Heart Files

(As seen in the February, 2011 Issue of MJTP's Official eMagazine: The Jam Cafe' - Keeping Michael's Legacy Alive.



Just a few weeks ago, I was riding in my car listening to the oldies station when the song, "What's Love Got To Do With It" streamed across my speakers. It was one of those songs you may hear throughout your childhood that seems to linger in a forgotten interval in the brain, only to be reunited with the conscious part of the mind. Here is an excerpt from that song:   


"Oh what’s love got to do, got to do with it
What's love but a second hand emotion
What's love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart
When a heart can be broken"

-Tina Turner


Michael Jackson with Tina Turner

Really, what does love have to do with it? We will all come face to face in our lifetime with that enchanting, joyous, happy, romantic, caring, passionate emotion called Love. Many have described the attributes of love as: patient, kind, long suffering, never boasting or self-centered, never rude nor quick to anger; that unconditional love which goes beyond our own reasoning or understanding. Our knowledge of love comes from the different ways we perceive or feel it, perhaps when a new baby is born, your first kiss, a new pet, through parents, siblings, friendships, relationships or even actions of love from a total stranger. There have been a wide variety of quotes and stories throughout the ages of classic literature and song, to describe love. Movies and books can lead us into the world of escapism long enough to inspire us, or give us glances at the way we wish love would be.




Unfortunately, there is a flip-side to the love coin, and it is called broken hearts; shattered dreams and the loss of hope or interest. That very simple word, that one would think would never harm, can spiral us into a discombobulating state of depression, making the depths of your very soul weep for the pain to be released. It's how we react to love and the absence of it, which makes the difference in our lives and those around us. We can choose to learn from mistakes, forgive and move on to have healthy relationships with others, or choose to stay isolated with the pain making our lives miserable and producing even fatal results. Did you know that according to the World Health Organization that there are about 121 million people worldwide that suffer from depression. And suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for all ages. Every year, nearly one million people die from suicide. It doesn't stop there. Bullying, hatred, prejudice, violence and abuse play devastating roles in a person’s life, making them feel alone, scared and unloved. The victim can be anyone! 



Often, we are walking through the seasons of our lives only to be tapped on the shoulder by the reality of our own immortality. Death has an eerie way of making us question what life is really all about. Most of us experienced this when Michael passed away on June 25, 2009. Many fans had feelings of disbelief, anger, resentment, and even fell into despair. So, what does love got to do with it? We need to realize that death is a part of life. No one can escape it, so we must learn to love the life we have been given. We may visit our regrets, but can we turn back the time on them? No, but what we can do is learn how to forgive, heal, and love ourselves again.


Micheal Jackson with Nelson Mandela


Princess Diana with Michael Jackson


Through photographs and videos, it is well documented that Michael Jackson made friendships with great world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and American Presidents. He visited children in hospitals, orphanages, churches, schools and institutions. In 1992, Tribal Chief Amon N'Djafolk crowned Michael Jackson, King of Sani', in Africa.


Michael Jackson crown King of Sani', in Africa 1992.

 While Michael traveled, he saw firsthand the wealthy and poverty stricken sides of nations. Knowing in his heart that he could try to make a difference, these critical issues were often injected into his music, like the "Earth Song", "Black or White" and "Heal the World". His message of Love was the legacy he left for the World. Think about what kind of legacy you will leave the world. Ask yourself this question, "What does love have to do with it?"



Michael left behind this quote, If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with. I believe Michael was telling us that when you feel love and keep that love close to your heart, no matter how bumpy the road of life may seem, love will always see you through to the finish line. The key that can open the heart of our world is Love.  


Finding Love Through A Child's Heart,

- Heather, Director of Children's Awareness


1. World Health Association: 

2. Michael Jackson, A Visual Documentary 1958-2009The Official Tribute, by Adrian Grant  

3.Video with Michael being crowned King of Sani' in Africa

 © Heather Nutt, 2011, 2012 Revised. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction without Permission from Author(s).   

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