“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” Brian Tracy
Why is it so easy to love and have empathy for a stranger? But so hard to have the same feelings for a family member? The ones closest to us seem to be held to a higher standard to receive our love and acceptance. If they don’t do this and this and this then we get mad and withhold our love and appreciation.
The most important asset we can give our family and close friends is unconditional love. No matter what happens we support them through easy and tough times. Quite often the tough times bring us closer together and we realize the importance of others.
Last week, I went for a walk on the waterfront in my hometown. As I was walking along the boardwalk, every person I saw I said silently to myself, “I love you unconditionally.” It was actually quite tough to do. People who were similar to me was easy but others who dress and act differently from me was much harder. I thought this exercise would be easy but proved harder than I expected. It shows me that I still have work to do.
Try going for a walk in a busy place. Whether it be a mall, downtown, a park, or a beach. Everyone you walk by silently say, “I love you unconditionally.” This will be easier with strangers who are similar to you than with people who are different. After practising this for awhile, try doing it right when you meet someone you know. Hopefully, this will improve your relationships with the ones you love and the ones you don’t know.