Where else, how else, might you choose love?
This is what I’m asking myself this month.
Love doesn’t have to be mushy or waxing philosophical.
Love can look like:
- An extra hug to your kids when they are navigating school the way it is these days. (Even when they push you away or say they’re fine–please know they need you, now more than ever, to notice them and the way they are feeling.)
- An extra hug, kind word or moment you take with a difficult spouse, partner, friend or family member who is dealing with everything in his/her own way that might be different than yours.
- Creating boundaries with people who pull from you on a consistent basis, who truly might not have your best interests at heart, is loving yourself. It’s loving yourself enough to take space, create a space, as often as you need to.
- Self-care at the end of the day to focus on what was good, what felt right, what felt different and deciding more of what you want in the contrast is love of self. Self-care each day, taking time for you–a few minutes, an hour, an afternoon or a full day. Whenever the schedule allows, make time for you. This is love. If you’re happy, the world looks and feels happier.
- Allowing things to unfold with a smile, with peace in your heart. This is love for the process, in the trusting of things to play out as they need to, honoring the chaos in the disorder. This is love of the present moment.
- Sending a person, a situation, a community, the world, some light and love each and every day through prayer and meditation, this is love, extra love that we all have to give, that we all have to share. If you’ve ever been the recipient of that kind of love–the best, quiet and all-powerful kind–you know how massive that can be.
Love comes in various ways: in pieces of time, in pouches of conversation, in perfectly-wrapped packages of understanding and validation.
Where can you bring a little more love into your life this month–both for yourself and for others?
A little goes a long way, and it ends up making you feel good too.
“If you want love, learn to give love…If you want to be blessed with all the good things in life, learn to silently bless everyone with all the good things in life….The more you give, the more you receive.” Deepak Chopra
Enjoy February…Happy Valentine’s Day!