Originally posted on Facebook HERE
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of doing everything with love in your heart. I don’t think I ever really thought much about it when I was younger, but these days I think about and work on it a lot. Because as simple as that sounds, it isn’t easy. If you cut me off, pull out in front of me and then drive 20 mph, my initial reaction won’t be one of love at all. Anger will rise up in my heart, and my mind will release a barrage of obscenities and unwell wishes upon you, your family, and anyone who looks like you. We all have things that trigger negative emotions. That is certainly one of them for me. I’m really trying to see them as opportunities for growth these days. That anger is my head getting mad because the world isn’t unfolding exacly how I want it to. And the world never will. It’s my ego’s reaction to whatever trigger hit it in that moment. And way behind the mind is my soul watching this unfold and knowing how amazing everything is and how much easier life would be if I could just step back and see it all with love, appreciation and gratitude. I’m really trying my best to live more and more from there. I’m always living in awe and wonder. Everything is so amazing. Everything. I wash my hands and think how crazy it is I can turn a faucet on and get water any time I want to. I think cars are incredible – how can they just work 90% of the time in all different temperatures? And music?… twelve notes. Bazillions of combinations. Amazing. So if everything is amazing, and the world will never unfold exactly how my ego wants it to, what is there to ever be mad about? Yesterday I had a guy pull out in front of me and go – well, extremely slow. So slow it was almost hilarious. Like – 10 mph? And I caught myself before I got too angry about it. It seemed like this was a chance to grow. So, I started wondering exactly how slow could we go here? I was sure we were going for the slowest drive in the history of driving. And, of course, he turned where I was turning and stayed in front of me all the way to the highway I take on my ride home. I thought he was going to stop in the middle of the road at one point – I’d say we were 5 mph or less at that time?… Not sure what was going on there, and don’t care. It was a lesson in release for me. I chose to see him with love in that moment. I choose to see everything with love every moment. The moments I don’t have love in my heart are when the emotions come up and I didn’t take the time to stop and choose my reaction. We all have them. There are things that happen that will be extremely hard to view with anything but hatred and anger. But the more we each can align ourselves and our lives around loving who we are, and the people in our lives, the better off we’ll be individually and as a planet.