John 13:34-35 (KJV)
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
I choose to love for 2017.
Since today is the day that our great nation honors one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all of time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought that it would be a perfect time for me to reflect on how I plan to spend my 2017. It involves love because that was one of his main goals.
For the first week of the year I was still trying to figure out how I was going to go about it, navigate it so that I can come out a better Erin that I was the year, month, week, day and even hour before. I went through a whole set of thoughts about how I could’ve done 2016 better and everything just ended up circling back to love. I mean, I gave and received love last year, but I didn’t do it freely all the time and I definitely didn’t show it to everyone.
After reflecting on my first week of 2017 I decided that I could not keep harboring the things that hurt me in 2016 and in years before. That was the main thing that kept me from reaching my full potential of love and it kept me from being open with people that I clearly trusted. It had me shutting people out before I even let them in and when I finally let them in it was much too late. SO, after making that declaration of purifying my heart and letting go of hurt and the things that I cannot control, I decided to choose love.
I knew that I couldn’t live out my 2017 while I was still hiding behind the comfort of my own hurt so I choose to give what I so desperately need- LOVE.
I plan to selflessly spread it in every way that I can- starting with myself. If I start by loving myself properly then hopefully others will see and catch on to the wave.
There are a few people in my life that always always always ALWAYS show me love in various ways and I plan on honoring them endlessly all year! I don’t have a lot, but that can no longer be used as an excuse because a small gesture from the heart can often times mean more than a grand gesture.
At the end of the day, love is an action verb so I plan to DO all things in love. I plan to remind everyone that we’re practicing love this year. I plan to remind myself that we’re practicing love this year. I just want to end this year (really each day) loving love because I can’t say thats how I genuinely felt at the end of 2016.
So, needless to say, I encourage everyone to choose love this year.
Always remember, trust the process.