"Receive the Love."
That's my One Word for 2015.
I know it's 3 words, but I've always been bad at math, and 3 is pretty close to 1, so I'm good with it.
When I told Andy about this One (3) Word of mine, he said, "What does that even mean? Receive the Love?"
And I told him that I used to have a shield up against Love.
I was always saying things in my head like, "I'm fine! I don't need anything! Other people are worse off than I am!"
I felt like I didn't deserve to be loved, so I wouldn't let it in.
It was only when I got so sick and depressed and DONE without Love, that I had no resistance to it any more. I caught it like a virus.
And now, I want to live in it naturally and normally, like plants live with sunshine and rain and oxygen, but I have the feeling I still need to be deliberate about it.
So, receive the Love.
Here's what that means.
Receive the Love, in every little way it presents itself to you.
- Beautiful sunsets, good food, your fluffy dog cuddled up in your lap.
- The beach, the mountains, the forest, the desert, the sky.
- The friend who shows up in the nick of time with laughter and tears.
- Maybe even a therapist at times. I've heard they can help.
- Medication if we need it. What a gift of love that is to us today.
See, smell, taste, revel, appreciate, enjoy.
Let all the little gifts of Love in to all the little nooks and crannies.
Let Love feed us and fill us until it just makes sense to trust this thing that sustains us in so many ways.
Just receive and receive and receive.
It's not selfish to receive.
Because there's no limit to Love.
There's plenty for all of us.
And when we're full of Love, it flows out of our lives and nourishes others.
It's never, ever wasted.