I was taught that “loving” others meant “pleasing” them, “agreeing” with them, and “helping” them in the way they wanted to be helped. Sometimes that is true. However it is not always the most loving choice. The angels say that loving others means simply acknowledging the light within them – looking for the love that is trying to emerge – and acknowledging how that same love wants to move within us. In other words, saying, “Others have a right to be as they are. I have a right to be as I am. Given the way we are, do I want to dance… and if so, how?”
Here’s a practical example. I recently found myself in the company of a someone who was profoundly negative, nervous, and annoying. I couldn’t get away immediately, and so I was “stuck” in their company. In my younger days, I would have tried to fake politeness and agreement. Then I went through a phase where I would have tried to ignore them, since that was a little more honest. Now however I pray as the angels have taught me, “How can I bring love into this moment.” It became a game. “How can I be the angel here and bring love into this, given that I’m temporarily stuck?” This person kept complaining. Suddenly loving words came to me and through me. “Wow, life has been hard on you. You need a hug.” I gave this hurting soul a huge embracing hug while calling on the energy of the angels to hug them through me.
The person calmed down immediately, became quiet, walked away for a little while. When he came back, he started telling me about a project near and dear to his heart that had once brought playful joy to others while creating quite an income for himself. I couldn’t believe it! Moments ago he had been complaining about his horrible life and terrible lack and now he was telling me how much money he used to make, creating things that made people happy. In my mind, I thought to myself, “Amazing! He’s gifted and talented, and he forgot!” I encouraged him to resurrect his project. He left inspired. I left blessed by seeing the light within his soul come to the surface.
I am constantly amazed at the power of love to turn things around. I’ve seen hundreds of such cases – where a simple prayer – “God how can I bring love to this situation, for me and all involved,” is answered in a truly simple and yet miraculous way. Sometimes you add love and the other person walks away. Sometimes you add love and they transform. In either case, you feel that you have been true to your deepest and most beautiful self.
We have incredible power to be a force of love, truth, and goodness in the world. Sometimes we can find it in ways that look loving as we have been taught. Sometimes we must add love simply by allowing ourselves to be sad, upset, or whatever we are in the moment, in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone else. Whatever it looks like, adding love to the moment is a wonderful recipe for the happiest now… and an even happier future!