What is it about humans that can have us turn on the ones who love us the most? How do marriages, friendships, business partnerships etc. that begin with love, and optimism so often turn into bitter wars in this day and age? It truly doesn’t have to be this way. What begins with love, also ends with love. War, pain, hurt, etc., is not the end. There is much more beyond that that our hearts and souls instinctively know, yet our ego and minds refuse to be witness to in the fog of emotion. In any situation, there is always love and kindness to be found. I promise you, if we ask the question, “How can I practice love or find love now?” we will always discover a wave of calm come over us and ways of being that allow us to act in ways that are aligned with our center of love.
Let’s cherish those who love us and who we love (or once loved). Sometimes those are the people with whom we experience the most pain with because we are most invested with them emotionally. But inflicting more pain only perpetuates the cycle, and harms all involved including, and especially the ones inflicting harm. Life’s too short to walk this planet with ill feelings toward anyone, much less those who hold, or once held a special place in our hearts. Those people are still special, as are we. We are human, and along the journey of life, we can lose our way, and cause harm (intentionally or unintentionally). It doesn’t make us bad people. It makes us human. Hopefully, we learn from our behaviour and allow it to inspire us to be our best selves. And our best selves are loving selves. Here’s to throwing down our weapons, especially the emotional ones, and opening our arms and hearts to love.