'We use the word “love” so often these days. In many ways, it has become a tongue-in-cheek expression of endearment rather than a genuine characteristic of a healthy society. This is not the case for every one of us, but it is for some.
Sometimes (in our ignorance) we undermine the meaning of it, and in the process leave out the portion of love that pushes us a little too far for comfort.
Sure, we want people to love us. We want to feel that unconditional affection that belongs to every human being. But what if we don’t have the complete understanding of it?
What if the media attempts to define for us the kind of love that encourages an incomplete expression?
It’s easy for me to show love to people who love me back, but it’s not so easy the other way around. When there is opposition, rejection, or disagreement, most of us will naturally despise the person or crowd from whom it comes.
Loving them despite those circumstances, then, makes it all the more uncomfortable. It challenges our pride and self-centeredness in profound ways. Which is why this form of love is the real thing.
Abandoning the “Me” Syndrome
Look around you and you’ll find someone who needs help. Yet, many of us are content with simply feeling sorry and moving on, focusing on ourselves as if there’s nothing we can do. That’s just not true, not in the slightest sense.
What seems more important in our culture is consuming the latest and greatest. Our worldviews are drenched in selfishness. There’s so much I need. So much on my plate. Why would I want to worry about anyone else’s problems?
But you can still do something. And the truth is, it will make you uncomfortable.
It will push you outside of the realms of yourself and help you see the needs around you, which are abundant.
Think about the work you do. It doesn’t matter what it may be at this moment, just ponder with me for a second. In some aspect or another, your tasks should be helping someone else down the line. You’re making someone else’s job easier, better, more manageable.'
Read more: Real Love Will Make You Uncomfortable
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