This little spontaneous heart-to-heart essay was inspired by a recent discussion on FaceBook. No editing or scripting, just thoughts to give more thought to:
“Love others the way you’d love to love yourself. Love yourself the way you’d love others to love you. Be the love that others would love to dare to feel for themselves.
Trust me, it won’t be a sacrifice. And it won’t be your folly or your doom. You’ll never need to act “perfect” because that’s impossible, unnatural, and it’s just not you. Or me. Or anybody.
Instead, decide to be a growing affirmation of all that’s good and natural and glad about YOU. Dig deep to explore with freedom!
This struggle will make you tough in your new-found gentleness. This process of releasing what is deadening will make you come alive.
Because when you decide to be reborn as yourself for the first time in your life– as a REAL human being focused on growing with greater awareness in your own warm skin– others will see you as if for the first time. Their hearts will flock to you even if their hearts remain awhile shut..
Why? Because they will welcome you as proof of the validity of their own dream to fulfill their own desperate hopeful desire to awaken themselves..
Knowing this is the growing nature of humanity– to grow spiritually and emotionally honest in our own skins– you will know you are never alone, never defeated, never a loser, never a waste.
Instead–because you try, because you care, because you somehow start to KNOW some mysterious essence of what’s REAL– you are a living champion.
Happy Passover, Easter, and springtime of the soul to you.”
-Rev. Scott Ufford
Passover & Eastertime, 2014
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