This post may be a bit rambly, but inspiration for it hit me like a ton of bricks this morning and I just couldn’t let it go. Besides, I’ve already had three cups of coffee. I’M GOOD, Y’ALL.
We’re coming into the holiday season, a time of year that focuses on joy and thankfulness and love. I want to talk to you guys about love this morning. It’s such a tiny, four-letter word that holds so much power, so much meaning, so much hope and promise. It’s also a word that people use loosely.
“I love this coffee so much, I could marry it.”– Michelle Smith, 11/20/2013
“I love this pizza so much, I could marry it.”– Michelle Smith, 11/19/2013
“I love Luke Bryan so much, I shall include a .gif of him in every blog post from here on out.” — Michelle Smith, 11/20/2013
That last one was totally a joke, unless y’all are okay with that, in which case . . .*ahem*
In all seriousness, I obviously have no issue in throwing that word around, but we do need need to focus on what love truly means. And not just during the holiday season, but every day of the year. I guess what I’m trying to say is that, when you love someone, really love them. Show them that love–it’s the little things that mean the most. Give them your time, your attention, your heart. That’s what love boils down to, right? Heart.
Love fiercely and fearlessly. You never know what someone may be going through. The smallest of smiles, the tiniest of waves, may be what draws them from the brink of self-destruction. How many times have we said, “___ restored my faith in humanity”? Be the restoration.
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Smile at someone today. Even if they’re a grouch and a total Scrooge and you want to shoo them away, smile. It might be the one thing that turns their day around. Isn’t that a chance worth taking?