This week we began each day saying, “I will greet this day with love in my heart.” Love was to be the lens through which we looked at everything and everyone. And when we did — and when you do — we are refreshed, inspired and renewed…born again! The reading from the Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino goes on to break the application of this principle down as follows:
“I will love the sun for it warms my bones.” It also bolsters my energy and stimulates my body to ultimately make more vitamin D. It’s the earth’s highest-watt light bulb that makes it easier to see everything and everyone in a bright light.
“I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.” Although I really am a big lover of the sun, I also very much appreciate the rain. There is something “cozy” about being inside on a rainy day…something reflective. Perhaps it’s the symbolic thought that the rain washes away anything unwanted, flushes our hearts and refreshes our mind. Additionally it can be considered a form of a reset button because we know once the rain is over the air will be fresher, pollen reduced, trees and plants perk up from their watering, and more. Rain can also camouflages our tears giving our soul an opportunity to purge relatively unnoticed.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.” We all need at least a little light on that next step of our life journey. This provides a level of assurance that you are on the right road–at least a road you can see. As for the darkness, often people associate evil with darkness and surely many people who are proponents of evil deeds tend to prefer the covering of darkness however, when we approach it with love we choose to focus on the beauty that also lives in the dark. The amazingly bright full moon and the twinkling stars making up the various enormous constellations are nearly impossible to see in the day–and how magnificent they are. And the whole idea of rest, which for most of us occurs at night, is a truly beautiful thing darkness symbolizes.
“I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart, yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.” Welcoming happiness is an easy thing for us. It’s the sadness we tend to avoid. Realize that enduring sadness has an important work to do in us that only it can do. It often causes a recalibration and expands our capacity to understand, connect and love.
“I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due, yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.” Similar to the previous statement, acknowledging rewards is easier and a better issue to work through (for those shy) than not being acknowledged. It is the obstacles that many of us often want to avoid. Like sadness, obstacles are the weights we use to strengthen our character. When we think in those terms it is easier to love obstacles or at minimum embrace them.
Love indeed is a many splendored thing. From this day forward I choose, (or encourage my “Subby” to choose) to greet this day and every additional day God gives me, with love in my heart. Won’t you join me?
BONUS: This video is an example of experiencing something totally beautiful from an unexpected environment. Be slow to judge appearances…