I’ve done many things I’m not proud of. I’ve said things to people that I’m ashamed of. I’ve had thoughts where I should be convicted as a murderer.
What about you? Can you relate to that at all? If so, how does it feel?
For most of my life I’ve been self consumed. I’ve put myself first. Knowingly or not, I’ve worn blinders to keep my focus on the path before me. Like you, I’ve wanted the best for myself and for my family, and so I’ve dedicated myself to work towards those means.
When I think about the work I’ve done to get where I am today I have very few regrets. In fact, I’m pretty proud of the work I’ve done to get to where I am.
But when I stop for a moment, sit in silence, and meditate on what’s most important in life … all that somehow becomes almost meaningless. The heart of life in those moments has nothing to do with me. My success is nothing. Who I am doesn’t matter so much.
In those moments, Love is all that matters. Loving the one who first loved me and loving people is all that truly matters.
In those moments, it’s crystal clear that loving people is all that truly matters.
Also in those moments, I often ask, “Who am I to love others?” Seriously though, what difference can it make if I love other people? I know who I am. I know what I’ve done. I know the hurtful things I’ve said to people. I know the awful thoughts I have at times. Who am I?
I close my eyes and breathe. “Love other people” is the answer. Love people.
The more I meditate on this, the more I hear that message throughout my days. I see someone looking upset or worried and I hear, “Love people.” I see someone by themselves, or just plain unnoticed by others, and I hear, “Love people.”
It’s a constant whisper in my ear, “Love people.”
I’ve recently started sharing an idea I call 360° of Love, with a hashtag #Love360 to follow. It’s an idea based on the message I hear in those moments of silence, and now throughout my days. It’s a whisper in my ear: Love people.
If you’re here, reading this blog, I’d love to know your thoughts. I’d love to know if this resonates with you. I’d love to know if you hear these same kinds of whispers.
I hope so.
And to be clear, this isn’t about a movement or starting up a “brand” to get noticed. It’s about sharing a message that’s been speaking to me, and then asking if it’s speaking to you too.
I hope it’s speaking to you somehow. I hope it encourages you to take those moments each day to stop and close your eyes, breathe, and listen. I hope it encourages you to see if you also can hear the whispers of love … and also believe.
360° of Love: Listening the Whispers