the love we deserve

The message in this post is too great not to share. I recently wrote about taking action because it is not always the thought that counts. She speaks of the different types of love and how the meaning in a biblical sense has been lost. I would tend to agree. While I am not the devoutest of Christians, I do believe in Christian values. It is how I was raised.

My dad was a baptist preacher.

That being said, my central philosophy is always continued courtship. Easily related to taking action as opposed to thinking about taking action. This speaks of loving those around us without knowing them. Again, finding the relation between our posts, consider the stranded motorist. He (or she) is our neighbor. We should love our neighbor. Take action to stop and offer assistance.

There have been horrible stories about those who have stopped to help a complete stranger, only to be thanked at gun or knife point. At best, they lose their money or their car.  Worse still, they survive and lose their faith in humanity. And one cannot say unjustly so. At worst, they lose their life.

As usual, I have no interest in expressing theories about religion. Meaning, I will not sit here and say that if something like that were to happen, then it must have been on God’s time. I lost my sister four years ago. To this day, despite the inspiration she was to all who met her because of her faith, I maintain that she was taken prematurely.

I am selfish. I want her here with me. I’m completely okay with that. But this isn’t about that. It is about sharing a message that spoke to me. It is about a call to action to love those around you. As Cassie says in her post, it is easy to love someone who reciprocates that love. It is easy to love those in whom you have become invested. It is far more difficult to love those whom we don’t know. But wouldn’t we want the same in return? If we were stranded on the side of the highway, wouldn’t we hope for someone to stop and offer assistance?

So if you love someone, tell them. That is all. Pick up the phone, dial the number and say that you love them.

If you are a business professional, call your smallest client – you know, the one who maybe adds $10 a month to your paycheck? Call them and tell them that you appreciate their business. That you love the fact that they have entrusted their needs to you. Trust me, it comes full circle.

the love we deserve.

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It’s NOT Always The Thought That Counts

Thoughts do not generate results; actions do.

Growing up as a child, and even now as an adult, I hear people say, “It’s the thought that counts.” Cynics will usually follow up with something that is equally cliché such as, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

I will agree that there is some truth to the first statement. I am more inclined to agree more with the second statement. Of course, that is relevant based solely on your individual belief on what constitutes an eternity surrounded by fire and brimstone. I do not want to instigate a debate on Heaven or Hell, their existence and how one might acquire access into either place. Rather, I am going to focus more on the first statement and why I believe it is NOT always the thought that counts.

If you are driving down the road during a horrendous storm and you pass someone who is broken down on the side of the road, emergency lights flashing, do you stop to offer assistance? Do you even think about it?

I believe in the genuine ‘good nature’ of people and will assume that you at least think about it. But thinking about it does absolutely nothing to help the individual that is stranded.

Does it?

I will go even further out on a limb and speculate that you (we) will often think about our partner in a given situation. Maybe they are running late for work. Perhaps we think about offering to help or even go so far as to actually offer. If you pay attention to your partner and know them in the way that couples who cohabitate do, you will have likely learned some of their patterns and rituals when getting ready in the mornings. Maybe she likes to take a cup of coffee with her to work. If you know this about her (or him), instead of asking if you can do anything to help or think about asking – just get up and fix her coffee for her. Better still, redevelop your own pattern so that you can do this each morning.

If you are in the middle of an argument, you may think about being the bigger person by taking action to change the course of the conversation, even if you are not in the wrong, but decid against it because of pride. Swallow your pride and take action. The thought alone does nothing to improve the situation.

The next time you think about someone – TELL THEM.

The next time you see a stranger stranded on the side of the road, take the time to stop and at least offer assistance. Even if you don’t know the first thing about fixing a car. Who knows, maybe their son or daughter was in a terrible car accident and they were on their way to the hospital when their car decided to crap the bed. Worse still, in their haste to get to their beloved child, they left their cell phone sitting on the kitchen counter and have no way to call anyone for help.

What ever the situation or with whomever you are engaged (or could be engaged), take action on those random acts of kindness. Take action on those thoughts. Thoughts alone do not generate results. Action does.