Saturday, November 14, 2009
One Of My Most Important Lessons
Just a quickie post here while I break from writing my stinky policy paper:
Love is a term that usually describes any number of emotions and experiences related to a strong sense of affection and attachment, but for me, love is a decision that can be made and turned on and off with the ease of a switch of a light. Over the course of my illness, namely the last five years, I have learned MANY, MANY important lessons, but the last major theme in my illness evolution has been unconditional love. I have ALWAYS held a strong sense of unconditional love for my close friends and family, but for others, for strangers, for aquiantances, you could say the love was conditioned. If you aren't the type of person I want to surround myself with, I was indifferent to you and your experiences, and I tried my best not to be in your presence, ever, due to my empath ways of sucking up other individual's negative energies (outside of my social work and volunteering world). In my spiritual growth, it dawned on me that it is just as important, if not more important, to actively love EVERYONE, even those you are not particularly fond of or who have done something to render them someone to avoid, just as you love your beloved **fill in your most loved person here,** because those are the people that need your love the most... and when they are particularly troubling, love them more. I guess this is what Jesus was teaching? But, for the first time, it is truly applicable to my spiritual journey, and when you live this way, your stress levels go down, too, because you are not spending your time in anger or frustration or hatred toward others. You just love them, help them, do things for them that will aid in their personal development. Yay for continued personal development and self-actualization!!!!! It is a yummy thing!