And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13
When the world feels like it’s coming down around you, here’s one way to stop the chaos – open your eyes and feel love.
I’m a lucky man because I don’t have to look far to feel love.
I feel love in Mary Beth’s good-morning kiss and I feel love in the text messages and telephone calls with my children.
For me, these daily touches are reminders of the love that lives in me and around me. But like most people, even with love, there are days when it feels like the world is coming down around me, too.
A setback at work or an unexpected bill can set me spinning. Somedays I spin so fast that it’s hard to separate fact from fear. Somedays I forget what love feels like. And when I do, I take a moment to find the feeling again. I search for things like:
- The comfort of coming home
- Holding my granddaughters
- Belonging to someone forever
- A tree bending in the storm, but not breaking
- Simply breathing
- A jar of treats waiting to be unwrapped
- Remembering to forgive, let go and move on
- A sturdy door that opens both ways
- Still believing in miracles
- Fresh clean sheets
- Finding inspiration
- Believing that I never walk alone
- A promise kept
- Opening my eyes to another day
- A fire that refuses to be extinguished
Pausing to remember what love feels like has the ability to turn my chaos into a beautiful chorus.