“I will not dishonor my soul with hatred.” Diane Ackerman
(From the poem “I Praise My Destroyer” by Diane Ackerman)
Prompt for Contemplation, Creativity and Action:
What will you choose to show love to today? Who will you choose to show love to today?
This is your call to actively be loving to the world. It is a call to be a mirror, a reflection, a candle in the darkness (as cliché as I know that sounds) these words are asking you to go beyond meditating, beyond thinking, beyond looking at hatred and tsk, tsk, tsking in your coffee circles and step into actively choosing to show love.
Who will you be when people look at you and say, “You shine, you radiate, when you _____ my day is brightened.”
I remember watching a Designing Women episode years ago and Charlene and the woman played by Annie Potts were just being who they were and Suzanne Sugarbaker (played by Delta Burke) said with tears in her eyes, “I want someone’s eyes to light up just because I walk through the door.”
When we actively choose to show love, that is one of the natural results.
Perhaps you actively choose to show love by expressing gratitude. Not just thinking “everything is great” but specifically telling someone “The way you carefully put those papers away (shielded your child from a bully, took care of that elderly person’s need in the grocery store, tied your child’s shoe for her, made me feel better when I opened my heart to you) made a difference today and I am so grateful I was able to witness you being you in the process.”
There are a lot of things to not feel actively love for in this planet, and when you seek, instead of dishonoring your soul with hatred, but actively opening to love and communicating this love through action, the veils will come down and you will feel your hope being restored.
I want more of this in my life, don’t you?
What will you choose to show love to today?
Contemplate. Write. Bring it to life.
Julie Jordan Scott inspires people to experience artistic rebirth via her programs, playshops, books, performances and simply being herself out in the world. She is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy-extraordinaire and mixed media artist whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people’s creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming in soon!
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