Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Power of Love

Lately, I've been doing a lot of what I, and anybody who does management, calls "big picture" thinking. Lately, I've been tending not to be so practical, but more overarching, with broad thoughts, and trying to get the spirit of whatever it is rather than what I need to do in the next few minutes or hours.

I think I'll continue in that tradition, with yet another broad "big picture" post. This time, it's about love. Love, kindness, giving, showing graciousness to people around you, and smiling.

The main idea is this: There are so many things that make us happy. But it seems like there are even more things that make us unhappy. we are constantly looking for things that are wrong, always wishing for things to be different, constantly striving for that "one thing" that will make us really happy.

But more than this, not only do we usually spend most of our lives unhappy, but we allow it to affect how we relate with other people. Think about it: How often have you assumed someone is just unhappy? Did you ever stop to think about what that person might be going through? Or do you just loath meeting or dealing with them? I know I very often forget to think about it, and allow my opinion of their general mood to determine how I interact with them.

The basic idea for today is this: With so many people unhappy, and so much hate in the world today, what if you just loved unconditionally? No matter what they do too you, if you just keep loving them, no matter what their attitude, their position in life, the type of car they drive, anything. Just put aside any judgement or characterization you might make of them, and just really appreciate and love them for who they are?

Just how much change could we affect? Just how powerful would it be if everyone thought positive thoughts?

I'll leave you with one final thought. Life is too short to spend unhappily. In the grand scheme of things, we are only here for a short while. Do we really want to leave behind a legacy of unhappiness and hate? Is that really how we want to be remembered?

So next time you're out and about, in your daily life, just try loving instead of hating. Try blessing instead of cursing. Life is short, so live it well. You only get one chance.


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