“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde
I. Have An Intention to Love More
When I read this week’s writing challenge, I knew it was time to go back to StripGenerator and create some strips as part of my How To project for this post. As I mulled over a number of topic choices, I was reminded again that the subject of love never gets tired or old. We recently celebrated Valentine’s Day and while some of us enjoyed the festivities with the usual; chocolates and jewelry, others sat home reliving old hurts or reminiscing about loved ones who’d passed away. I feel that even a small shift in our intention to love more, would be a great way to help us all move forward.
“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
II. Practice The Action Steps Listed
If you read the strips, you’d see that the group learned about the concept of love and developed a list on how to keep love in our hearts. What I loved about creating the strips is that I had to give the characters clear and specific roles, and then make sure that the words they spoke and ideas shared were consistent. How do we keep love in our hearts? The following actions; forgiveness, compassion, helping and sharing, and self love, will not only open our hearts to love fully again but they are important tools for life. We can start with forgiving ourselves and those who have hurt us. A while ago, I had an unpleasant exchange with someone and every time I saw them, I would feel a twinge of hurt and anger. When it be came unbearable, I knew I had to let it go by forgiving the person, letting the event go, and forgiving myself. We must honor both sides. More below!