Wild Words: Keep A Loving Heart
As we move through life we grow and change as individuals. Our souls find new and different ways to guide us. Life shifts. It gives us challenges and changes us (hopefully for the better). Some times we have peaceful periods of calm easiness and other times it seems like everything is exploding in each corner as we try to navigate our way through. As I've gone through my path in life, one thing I always hold onto is working towards keeping a loving heart—whether that is towards myself or others, friends or strangers, people close by or far away.
While we grow, the people who surround us are doing the same—growing. Some times you grow in the same direction and other times you've each found your own sun to grab the light from to continue your forward momentum. It is a natural part of life.
A few months back, I came across this interview with Brené Brown by The Work of the People. In it she talks about her therapist telling her this one line: "What if everyone is doing the best that they can?" ...I paused right there and couldn't help but to be in awe of that one line. So many times we find ourselves jumping to conclusions about people. I think its safe to say we are all guilty of this. Its easy to gather your own thoughts off of first impressions of someone or let our own emotions get in the way. You don't know what challenges people face day to day. I see this happening a lot and as I said, I'm guilty of it too. It can be as simple as thinking someone is rudely ignoring a text you sent when in reality they've been on a train underground without service or they're out on their daily run. The world doesn't revolve around what we need in every given moment or how we think someone's life is or should be.
Keeping an open loving heart and remembering that most people are doing the best that they can helps bring clarity and happiness into our lives. The love and grace that we have to give to one another goes a long way in making this world a better place to live in. To know that while we all work to become the best version of ourselves, people are giving us ease to do so—space to be the people we strive to be. That's the bottom line here. We are all working through this wild life individually and together.