Hello everyone, love is the subject of the day. After spending yesterday outside with nature hiking the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale I found myself at peace with where I am in my life in regards to Christmas and gift giving. I used to be the person who would spend large amounts of money on gifts for everyone in my life. And I do mean everyone. This year I decided to do a little redesign and while it “looked” different it was still about the love.
Do you ever walk into a shop and someone tells you they like your haircut or your style? Have you ever been stopped on the street and asked by a stranger what perfume you have on? Has anyone ever looked you in the eye and sincerely thanked you for who you are and what you do for them? Were you ever telling a friend an important story where they listened deeply to every word without interrupting? If you have ever experienced these things you know what it is like to be touched by love. This is the kind of love that is not wrapped in a Pinterest inspired way. The love I am speaking of requires a sense of selfless-ness, it less about me and more about them. Does this resonate with any of you?
We are all capable of adding more love everywhere we go, which is what I believe we are all here to do. For instance, I was in the nail salon one afternoon and sitting next to me was a woman in her 60’s. While her nail polish was drying I noticed how beautiful her hands were and the shade of coral polish looked stunning on her hands. I was prompted to share with her my thoughts on how beautiful she was and that I really loved her nails. When we made eye contact I looked at her and said, “Does everyone always tell you how beautiful you are”? Her response was, “well, no, you are the first actually. My face must have looked like I was in shock, which I was! She opened up and shared with me how she felt unattractive that day and she needed to wear sunglasses so that no one would notice her. She told me all about how she makes her own custom color for her nails by adding 5 colors together. As I listened to her I suddenly realized the entire reason for me being there was not to get my nails done at all, I was there to extend love to this incredibly gorgeous and lovely lady. She felt the love and so did I. This is what we are ALL capable of doing. With just one genuine compliment we can change a persons day. Through our eyes and hearts we can speak love. We can single handedly re route the path of someone’s day from heading south to self – destruction to pointing them north towards self-realization.
Everywhere we go we have the opportunity to add a little more love. We don’t have to spend money in order to make someone feel special. The nature of the heart is to be forgiving and extend love. Do you feel it is time to start responding from a place of love rather than just saying it?
The next time you go out I invite you to look, listen, and feel your way to love. When you feel a genuine moment fall upon you and another acknowledge something special about them. Your words will touch them and in return you will feel the love. We can all pass this along, leaving a trail of love dust everywhere we walk. Be sure to keep it genuine, otherwise they are just words and words with no meaning are not in style anymore.
This week I will carry the mantra add more love within me and invite you to join me.