Ha! Just as I write this title I think of the movie “Love Actually” and the singer’s song “Love is All Around Me… I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes”, lol that movie is flipping brilliant! Okay, okay, but back on to the topic, Love is All Around! (“Love Actually”, gotta be one of my favorites!)
You know, sometimes even when you’re not looking for love, you can trust that it truly is all around you. How you may ask? Well I’ll share with you about my personal encounter with love just today and how it impacted me.
For the past couple of days, I’ve been really going through it emotionally, but being distracted with my sisters situation of being rehabilitated and cared for since being hit by a drunk driver (feel like I have to keep re-sharing this as there may be new viewers to the site), I haven’t been too aware of my own emotional welfare. Well Day 3 of this, I found that I hit my breaking point and needed a timeout emotionally.
The best thing I can do for myself when this happens, is turn off the world, listen to some music that feeds me, close my eyes and tell the world around me to be silent. In the midst of my day, the most random thing happened. Without mentioning anything, either to friends, or via Facebook, I had text messages and calls from random friends just checking on me, letting me know that they loved me, or offering encouragement.
I was shocked. It felt soooo amazing. Despite that I didn’t go looking for love, it was all around me. My friends were pouring love on me, even when I didn’t ask for it. One friend in particular called me and said “Arica, How are you really doing?” Thankfully I was honest, as I responded that I wasn’t doing so well, as the tears began to trickle down.
Rather than offering me tons of words, my friend sat with me in silence on the phone, as my tears began to stream out of my big, brown eyes. I could feel my friends love being poured into my heart, just as we sat in the silence. It was so powerful. It was so needed.
All day, either random Facebook thoughts, texts, or calls, seemed to come my way, with friends who wanted to offer me one thing… love.
I’ve learned to be a good receiver of love and I’m getting better at it daily. So when this love came my way, I soaked and absorbed it all in. However, my area that I could use some polishing on, is reaching out for love. OUCH! Thankfully today my friends, tapped into their love banks and deposited into me, but I’m learning that I really need to step up my “Reaching Out”.
As my friend poured out their love on me, after we got off the phone, I was smart and decided to step out and ask for help. So I sent a text message to some friends, being vulnerable and transparent (what I preach, lol!), asking for their prayers and encouragement. Fingers crossed, I’ll get better at this and do this on Day 1, as opposed to Day 3 when my breaking point arrives.
Let me encourage you to stop and recognize the love around you, it’s desperate to find you and hungry to come in! For me, it started off with a text message from a Precious Friend of Mine, that said “Good Morning. Just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you. You’re Loved.” From there, the Love Fest began to rock on my behalf. I participated by not only receiving, but finally reaching out.
Single, Married, Divorced, or Dating Tycoon, …wherever you are in your journey of love, recognize that Love is ALL Around!