It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you’ve screwed up, or how many jerks you’ve met. I am willing to bet that somewhere, there are people who love you. Lots of people. People who have gone to bat for you, who care about you (although they may or may not have said so), people whose lives you have touched without even knowing it.
More powerful than counting your blessings–especially more powerful than counting your possessions, it is important to spend some time everyday remembering and thinking of those who love you. Love is an action. It is a gift we choose to give, with no strings attached.
So accept the gift already!
Allow yourself to feel the love you’ve been given. Allow it to make you strong, to make you whole. Then, think of those who have given it to you. Pray for them, and wish them the best.
Understanding how much you are loved, will allow you to see the world through love-colored glasses. You will see more people in need, more ways to show love, than you ever realized were possible.
The best poem I’ve ever found about unconditional love (a redundant phrase–love is always unconditional) is actually from a children’s book. It’s written as from a parent to a child, but I’ve found that it really applies to all relationships and friendships:
Wherever You Go, My Love Will Follow
Tonight, remember that you are loved.
P.S. Check out my guest post on The Simple Year. Thank you, Kerry, for featuring my piece!