What an amazing idea…Loving G_d and Loving Others.
The first part of that concept has always been fairly simple for me. I grew up in a Christian home and so G_d was always a part of my life. I had some rough patches where things in life didn’t go exactly as I had hoped and my love wavered. But loving the Creator has always more or less – been there.
BUT – Loving others…well, that’s another story. Growing up in the same church that taught me to Love G_d, I also learned how to be suspicious, condemning, and ultimately unloving of others (at least those that didn’t sit in the pew next to me). Since that time in my life I’ve watched how society (not just the church) has used fear mongering, scare tactics, and sensationalism to perpetuate the notion of suspicion and outrage at others.
BUT – over the past few years…something wonderful has happened to my soul. I find myself delighting in others. Folks I don’t know, never spoke to, haven’t even met – they have begun to bring me deep and abiding joy. Not just laughing (at or with) but a bubbling up of gratitude for their person, their life, their presence.
There is a young man that wanders the main road next to my home. He always has a song playing – sometimes in the headphones he’s sporting and other times it seems there is music that just follows him. This young man creates deep joy in my being…he dances unabashedly up and down the street. He’s talented too! He freely shares his gift of dance and joy for anyone that takes a moment to notice. Because of him, I often find myself blessing G_d – thanking Him for the creativity and beauty that He has built into His Creation – WOW!
I’ve discovered that there is so much more to love about people then to revile – so much to be impressed by then to be depressed by – so much more to celebrate then to denigrate.
I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life celebrating the lives of others as opposed to judging and critiquing them. Won’t you join me in Loving Others?
ps…I’d love for you to add some links of videos, pictures, and stories of others that bring you joy and hope in humanity!