Sunday, February 18, 2018

Living Life with Love - A Call To Action

So. much. anger.  That is what I see and witness and read about and hear in the world.  It is an angry place.  People seek to destroy, to retaliate with bigger and worse actions, and to make others feel small or fearful.  We witness the results on our TV screens and our news feeds.  We witness the results in our damaged children and weeping mothers.  And sometimes it feels as if it will only continue to get worse.  More anger, more damage, more weeping. 

But, I'm going to refuse to believe that that is our only birthright.  I'm going to refuse to believe that we can't do better.  I'm going to refuse to believe that we can't change the tone of this world.  Because if I don't refuse to believe that, then my only future is one of pain and suffering.  My daughter's only future is one of pain and suffering.  And I can't believe that is all we have.

So, what is the answer?  I am not really sure.  It isn't a simple one for the world.  I do know that.  These are complex problems with deep-seeded reasoning and hidden factors along the way.  But, personally, there is a more simple answer.  Live life with love.  That's it.  Just go and live life with love at the forefront of all actions, all decisions, and all thoughts.  I'm not saying it is easy.  Just simple.  When you are setting out each morning, look for opportunities to love others and yourself.  When an opportunity arises to show love to someone, show it.  When you think about what you can do in the world to make it a better place, be sure to look for things that focus on giving love to the world and the people in it, not attacking someone or something.  Just that little shift in perspective can change the way we approach problems, approach people, and approach planning. 

The world is not going to stop being angry just because we focus on living life with love.  People will still seek to destroy, to retaliate with bigger and worse actions and to make others feel small and fearful.  But, by living with love, we can seek to protect and rebuild where necessary, to resist temptations to retaliate and instead focus on paying the good in our lives forward, and finally to make others feel larger than life and secure in themselves.  By doing that, we are forming the forcefield of love against this angry and destructive world.  By doing that, we may pull some into the good light who would otherwise have been lost in the dark.  By doing that, we may start to turn things around, even if it is just in our small circles of community. 

So, tomorrow, Monday, February 19, 2018, my daughter's ninth birthday, I will celebrate her life and her gift of life by living my life with love every chance I get.  I will look for the opportunities to be the light in a dark world.  I will look for opportunities to love others and myself.  I will look for the opportunities that focus on paying it forward, building the community, making connections and above all, living life with love always. 

Will you join me?


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Living Life with Love - A Call To Action

So. much. anger.  That is what I see and witness and read about and hear in the world.  It is an angry place.  People seek to destroy, to re...