Interactions With Others

“It is especially appropriate to say that the greatest command, the most condensed philosophy, the wisest success-achieving advice ever given was given by a man who was crucified. He summed it all up when he said, “Love one another.” One does not really need to fight for success. One can love one’s way to success.” ~Thomas Dreier …

If we each were able to love one another without conditions… what a wonderful world it would be! If we could teach our children that love is not just some romantic ideal we find in another person but a way of living our lives for one another. If we could practice what we preach and spread love into our mutual humanity. Our societies would become free of hatred and war, and our families and friends would feel true peace within–peace that, each day, would spread throughout the world.

But alas, many of us are too busy, afraid, or uninterested in practicing love of our neighbors. Often times it tends to get put low on the list of priorities or skipped altogether. If we could just remember to take a moment to ask ourselves what the loving response would be to the situation, we most likely would find ourselves acting out of love, or at least including love as a factor in our decisions and actions.

Love is the way for all things. And it is something that must be learned and practiced, for it is an action… something we do. Put forth the effort to make love a part of your day. When you speak with your spouse or significant other, when you speak with your children, when you interact with coworkers, or when you talk to strangers, make it a priority to do so with love–with respect, honor, validity, compassion, genuine concern, and caring. This is where we will find happiness and success. We always have the option to love our way to success as Thomas mentions here.

Keep love at the center of your interactions with others today.

Questions to consider:

How does the love extended to you from others affect you?

What are some of the difficulties of “loving one another” in life?

Have you ever considered the possibility of loving your way to success?

For further thought:

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” ~Thomas Merton

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