It seems I am talking about opposites lately. And with good reason (if you ask me). Many of us have been raised or conditioned to believe there are right and wrong, good and bad, correct and incorrect ways of looking at nearly everything that occurs to us in our lives.
I just have one question: How is that working?
As I examine the results that are occurring around me, to me, through me, outside of me, I have to wonder: what do all these results have in common? And the only answer I can come up with is "me."
When I take full responsibility for the way things occur, I feel the need to add "to me" to that statement, which means it's possible for me to change the way things occur "to me." If that's the case, I choose to no longer be a victim of my life and instead become a creator of the way things occur "to me."
Which leads me to the question posed in this title of this post: "Love ... or Fear?"
I believe, as Einstein did, that there are two ways of looking at the world: as if nothing is a miracle or as if everything is a miracle. To me, that translates to seeing the world through the eyes of fear or through the eyes of love.
And that shift has altered the way the world occurs "to me."
Does it mean that there are no more wars and that babies don't get cancer and crime doesn't happen? No. It means I see things through a different lens and I stop trying to control the way other people do things, say things, understand things. I'm certainly not perfect; however, I am a miracle. And the fact that I'm waking up to my part in the awareness I'm experiencing and facilitating is something that causes me to be joyful.
I'll take that feeling over the feeling of worthlessness, apathy, despair, fear I sense many are choosing to feel any day.
I'm not saying this is a choice anyone else needs to make. I'm just saying when I chose to be 100% responsible for the energy I bring, my whole life shifted.
Take a minute today to examine your overall demeanor. Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? Do you worry about things more than you celebrate them? Are other people "making" you angry or upset or disappointed? Or do you see the world through the eyes of love and gratitude?
It's such a simple shift ... not always easy.
Decide today which way you would like to go. You can be right and be unhappy or you can notice that maybe there is another way.
The only way to live a dream is to wake up. And there's no time like the present.
Let love be your guide. It may be messy and unpredictable, and even scary. And it will be way better than living in fear. Guaranteed.