The word love is usually described in terms of romance and relationships. Let me say first, I believe in Love, I use the word multiple times per day and spare no expense in the use of the word to describe the deep joy I have for those I treasure. I once described Love as a weapon of mass construction. I wrote the words down and posted it on social media. I received a fair amount of positive feedback. I wanted to expand the view of this word and help others unleash its power. I have outlined three ways in which I use love in my daily life and the impact it has.
The Loving View
I learned the benefit of having a view through observation when I’m presented with a viewpoint different than my own, especially if it upsets me. I have trained myself into the mindset of that opposing view and found its origin. This approach is not designed to make you agreeable to another view. However, it does help deepen your compassion for those unlike you. This does take work however, the payoff is you feel so much less frustration.
The Loving Response
This approach is so powerful. It’s used on social media regularly. I am committed to sharing my writing in a positive and uplifting way. Now, we all can agree that Social Media can have no shortage of negative comments begging for a response. If it is your choice to respond with Love, here’s a great exercise, find a post on social media, one that is possibly written by someone. Think about what you’d say. Then think about how you’d feel after posting it. That satisfying feeling you get when you’ve gotten your point across. Now what if you responded instead with something like, “I wish for you only the best and brightest days filled with true love and happiness.”
As I write this, I feel better, I feel a sense of release. I have gifted someone a loving idea. A surprise that will invite self-reflection and possibly reframe the dialogue in such a way that all leave the conversation feeling more connected to their own humanity.
The Loving Action
Loving actions are things you do for people that create moments of defined and unexpected joy. This is a bit like random acts of kindness. Which is wonderful. I prefer intentional acts of loving kindness. Plan on making those around you smile, decide to do something for someone that you know will make them feel connected and loved. It’s actually something that quickly changes how you view yourself and how you view the world. I use observation and compassion as the lens in which I view the events of each day. I believe in using both to find ways to communicate the importance of love.