Do you think of love as an area of your life you have to attend to? Do you regularly check in and see if it is registering with the people around you…how you treat them…how you model that behavior? Is it an area where people feel the difference when you enter a room?
As the song goes, love is a many splendored thing. It can change a person, a relationship, a family, a community, a nation….a world.
The alpha male as well as those brough up in a home where there was no love may see a countenance of love as being weak, a flaw…a sign of being submissive.
When in actuality it is strength. You gain ground when you have a heart that is love. You moving in the direction of how human beings were designed. If a dog can express love, if a cat can express love…don’t you think it should be a characteristic we seek to maintain in our lives?
I would gather that if you reflect on your daily interactions with people this past week there is a chance you didn’t feel love as part of the atmosphere.
Maybe it was with that cahier at the register who took too long to cash you out. Or asked you too many genuine, friendly questions that you didn’t want to be bothered with
Maybe it was that coworker who “wastes” your time with conversation about how grateful she is in life, or what he is facing in his family at the present time.
Or maybe, it was that neighbor next door who splashed your car on her way out one day and you categorized it as insensitivity, when you didn’t know she was just yelled at by her boss for taking too long to get to work and if it happened that day she would be fired. In her panic she didn’t see much around here except the path to her job.
Hmmm….do you think with love there needs to be allowance? Part of love is recognizing you have no idea what the other person is going through. You have no idea what is happening in their lives unless they have shared it.
Think about that for a moment. Reflect on that. And determine if the person who slighted you, offended you, dissed you was contenting with their own troubles.
Now I don’t think disrespect is allowed. You have to stand up for yourself. But if a person is having a bad day, you contributing to that doesn’t help. And doesn’t reflect love.
Take a break from your routine, and how about doing a “love” check-up. It is not weakness…it is not submissive…it is normal. And it will greatly change the quality of your life, and the lives of others.