Disconnect From Nonsense
I often wonder if everyone’s brain works or flows the way mine does. A nearly constant flow of chatter. If not, I wonder if it is more a difference in genetics or upbringing. I honestly believe, it’s a fair amount of both. The brain wants to think – want’s to be active. Add to that the constant flow of input from one’s environment and you have an amalgam of facts and nonsense running through your thoughts like the speed of light. I imagine in today’s age of technology and constant output from all forms of media; most people have hit brain overload! There’s so much coming at people these days, they don’t know what to do with it all. Most of it doesn’t make sense because it’s nonsense or at least a level of nonsense.
We need to disconnect from the media and reconnect with one another. Everyone wants the answer to the violence the media wants to focus on. How about we start focusing on changing ourselves and our perception, rather than trying to change each other. Learning to love – ourselves and others. That’s the answer to everything – always – LOVE! I heard it said recently, “you can test anything against love and love will always win.” Interpret it how you will, but for me that means in my worst moments, choosing to seek refuge in my best moments. Moments of love! I dare anybody to pull out old photos, trinkets, memorabilia or anything attached to a memory of love – love will transcend any moment.
Surround Yourself With Love
I’ve come to the realization that in recent years I cleared my house – my walls –of nearly everything. I decluttered and decorated for years but one day, I started tearing it all down. Every picture that ever meant anything to me. Every face of every person who I felt had abandoned me in some way after my accident. I DID NOT want to be reminded! I also took down all other decorations, reminding me of who I used to be. The girl distracted by the “perfect” lives of those in Hollywood.
I believe the removal of it all was necessary but I lost myself in the darkness and forgot to replace it all with newer memories of love. Messages of love, scriptures about love, photos, trinkets, and splashes of BIG BEAUTIFUL COLOR! That’s what’s on my agenda next! Surround myself with LOVE and then…. SHARE THAT LOVE! There are a couple decorations that have never been removed from my walls – I truly believe God guides me in these moments. One of them is in my foyer and it reads, “Love isn’t love until it’s given away.” I absolutely adored that plaque when I saw it and had to have it but I never really understood it.
For years I passed by that plaque, reading it and saying to myself, “I don’t get it; we are meant to be loved.” And then one day I got it – “yes, we are meant to be loved, but first, WE LOVE!” So simple and it eluded me for years. Why? When you feel unloved as a child, you chase love, and it becomes conditional. It’s easy to see how children grow up to be adults who cannot love properly; our perception is off. The other; I wake up to in the morning as it faces my side of the bed. It says, “Great things happen in very small moments.” I understood this one when I bought it but recently I realized I now understand it at a deeper level.
Life is not simply a series of memories – good and bad – but rather a series of tiny moments. Moments in which we can choose our point of view. In every second, there is enough time to find goodness in at least one thing. Try it! I dare you! Do the math – we have a lot to be grateful for. Do it on purpose! Test it all against love – even in our worst struggles love can be found. Simply love others without question, without condition and love will transcend even the darkest recesses of your life. We were created to love one another. There is no other answer. Love always wins.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13