You get up each morning and decide what clothes to wear, what jewelry, whether or not to wear a jacket….but do you make a conscious decision as to what emotion you will wear for the day? I think it’s safe to say ‘no’.
In our culture, we don’t pay as much attention to our internal dress, as we do to our external dress. But since we’re breaking out of our box and making ourselves uncomfortable as we begin 2011, why not make it a new habit to consciously choose what we’ll be wearing inside each day?
Try this: Starting right now, pause for a moment and choose to clothe yourself in love….love for yourself, love for your fellow human beings, love for everything and everyone, love for whatever situation you find yourself in, love for the challenges and obstacles, as well as love for the joys and ecstasies. Simply decide that your attitude today will be one of love….it’s really that simple to get started.
“What ‘love’ is I don’t know if it’s not the response of our deepest natures to one another.” (William Carlos Williams) Get in touch with your deepest nature — and then step out into the world with love permeating your entire being. (Please see my earlier post “The Answer is Always Love” for a simple technique to help you do this.)
David Byrne says, “Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.” Perhaps this is a challenge you’d like to take on one day — find something awesome about the person you’re talking to, even if normally you’d be finding a way to quickly end the conversation and leave. Look for their deepest nature….and see how lovely it is.
“Love is not blind — it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.” (Julins Gordon) When you dress yourself in love, you are able to more clearly see what is loveable in another, and you are more likely to disregard their shortcomings and flaws. We’ve all experienced this during the “falling in love” stage of romantic love, but I’m suggesting that we can experience something similar with anybody, anywhere, anytime.
Michael Leunig put it best, “Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” I’m not suggesting that you’ll do this once and be a pro at it. We’re just not accustomed to going through our day dressed in love. It’s something you’ll have to practice — notice how it feels, notice how people respond differently to you, notice if you are uncomfortable doing it (!). The more you practice, the easier it will become.
What will you wear inside today? Please let me know what you decided to wear, and how your day went…