In every single moment of our lives, we have only two choices: love or fear. We can make a decision that either expands love and enhances the well-being of ourselves and those around us or one that contracts this loving energy—through fear—at a cost to ourselves and others.
Jesus teaches us that love and fear can’t coexist. 2. 1 John 4:16-18 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (NIV)
Every major decision we make as human beings is motivated by either love or fear. We quit jobs and start our own companies out of love–for a product, a new industry, or just an idea about how something could be done better. Or we stay in a job we don’t love out of fear that we can’t make a living elsewhere. We move to new jobs, new places, or new relationships out of fear of what will happen if we stay, or we stay out of fear of what will happen if we change. The decisions we make from love are the best decisions of our lives, whereas those we make from fear are the ones that usually hold us back.
Choosing love every time takes consciousness. It requires you to show up, each and every single day and to do the work. To do your very best with where you are right now and to love, honor, and accept that and to have faith (even when you think you can’t anymore) that yes, you still can. So how do you choose love?
You choose to stop beating yourself up, accept that you too are human, and show yourself compassion.
You choose to accept your struggles as opportunities for growth and change.
You choose to see all people through a lens of compassion and yes, even the ones who treat you poorly (because what they doing essentially has nothing to do with you!).
You choose to forgive yourself and others, so you can let the past go, cut the chords, and finally be able to do what you need to do in the present to thrive.
You choose to start appreciating your body and that very respect allows you to do what’s right for you and your body daily.
You choose to not let others determine your worth.
You choose to savor your moments and be grateful for all that you have (even if you want more). Note: it is this very mindset that will get you more.
You choose to let the beliefs, thoughts, and ideas that are no longer serving you go.
You choose to set loving boundaries and stick to them.
You choose to honor the present moment, by showing up the best you can for where you are in that moment.
You choose to speak your truth and ask for what you need, so you can live freely, fully, and honestly.
You choose to see possibilities.
You choose to remember that feelings are just feelings and that they too will pass.
You choose to show your loved ones love.
You choose to not let what you labeled yourself as prevent you from becoming who you want to grow into.
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