Love the Life You Live

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Whatever the circumstances of your life, I hope you never stop loving and that you never stop reaching for love.

When the drama of life takes a downturn, it’s really okay to take some time to feel a little sorry for yourself.   Heck, I spent a few days doing just that this past week after being laid off from my job.

Any more time than that can be dangerous and we end up “sitting in our own s&^t because it feels warm,” as my dear friend John famously says.

Yes, dark clouds do appear on your horizon from time to time.  But how long will you let them block you from that which creates the ultimate sunshine:  love?

Stay in love with life

“Where there is love, there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Yes, it’s hard to keep on loving when you feel like you’ve been shat upon.  I know, I felt that too this past week.  But ask yourself how victimhood will help you in the end.

This is where being present to what’s right in front of you is really beneficial.

What are the things you love to do the most?  Do those things and do them with vigor.

We have the gift of blindness in that we can’t see the details of the future.  So why not assume that what is coming for you is good and that you’re worthy?

In the meantime, keep on lovin’ life.

Remember you can write the next chapter however you choose.

“I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Would you like to read a short fairy tale?

There once was a little girl who had a dream.  She wanted to write, to help others with her words.

She set off to learn her trade and discovered that much of it came naturally.

She took a job, then took a turn, then another, then one more.

She moved further and further from her dream until one day she woke up in a foggy cloud familiar to many.  The fog was so thick and she could only see about three feet in front of her eyes.

One step, then two, and a huge boulder loomed in front of her.  Oh, how she grew angry.  She pounded fists against rock, crying, “I hate you for blocking my path!”

Suddenly, the fog lifted enough for the girl to see two grassy tracks, one on each side of the boulder.

One led to loss and fear and hate.

The other led to relief, excitement and unknown opportunities, fun and adventure.

Yes, she thought.  That one is the path for me.  The latter path is the way to go.

Wait . . . what is that I see now?  Could it be?  Yes, yes it is!  It’s my dream!

The little girl–now grown into a middle-aged woman, was so happy.

And so grateful for the boulder.

“Do all things with love.” ~ Og Mandino

Photo courtesy of kconnors

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4 Comments

  1. Priska says:

    What a lovely post.
    I have found journal writing beneficial when going through a transition.
    I put time aside each morning to dump my feelings into my journal.
    I’ve then offloaded everything so I can get on with the rest of the day as usual.
    Often an added benefit is that once I’ve dumped, I come up with solutions I never thought about prior.

    • Beth says:

      I journal too, Priska, a la Julie Cameron’s Morning Pages. Some mornings, I question my sanity because the three pages I’ve written make absolutely no sense, and other mornings, I think, “Wow. Did I really just write that?”

      I too often find solutions just by writing out my perception of the problem.

      Great minds think alike!

  2. Galen Pearl says:

    You are the master, my friend. I know you are going through a challenging time, and yet this post is a model of how to keep things in perspective. There is suffering because of the losses and disappointments we face in life. And then, according to Buddhist teaching, there is the suffering of suffering, when we add to our pain by the stories that we attach to our circumstances. You are an inspiration.

  3. Beth says:

    Wow, Galen, you’ve left me speechless. Thank you for the massive compliment and the beautiful Buddhist teaching. I treasure both.

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