“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” – Fred Rogers
As we hopefully continue to socially distance ourselves, we find ourselves with a sacred opportunity to love the one(s) we are with, including our own self.
You may find yourself spending more time with loved ones these days. You may even find yourself spending more time with your own thoughts, battling your anxieties and emotions as the news seems to worsen by the day.
In the midst of this historic pandemic, you and I are invited to love others and ourselves in a deeper, more significant fashion.
Perhaps the first step is to take a step back and find peace in the mental and spiritual state of gratitude.
See everyone and everything as a gift- because it is.
When this gift is taken away, we do not know. But today, you have gifts in your midst- see them, see yourself, with the appreciation and preciousness that it all deserves.
We might also consider finally accepting others and ourselves.
- Can we come to understand the known and untold stories of the past that shape current decisions?
- Can we love because of the disfunction, not in spite of it?
- Can we, will we, give others (and ourselves) a break- because this time surely isn’t easy on anyone?
Finally, during this unique opportunity to love deeper, let’s remember the words of author Victor Hugo from his Les Miserables , “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Might we all continue to love unconditionally, finding God in the eyes of your loved ones, and in the two eyes looking back at you in your mirror.