We all want to love and be loved. Christmas is a good time to reflect on that. So what does this mean?
For me, LOVE means not getting caught up in short bursts of excitement and adrenaline. I’m not talking about the feeling of love that ebbs and flows. Nor am I talking about the act of love (nooooo not lovemaking either)! By the act of love I mean practical love.
I remind myself of questions like: what motivates, inspires, drives and is healthy for me in my daily life? In my case, needless to say, it is HATS and the many people I meet and connect with through hats.
I am also inspired and challenged by the profound and intellectual considerations of others in my life. I feel driven by an internal restlessness to leave a positive mark on the world and leave it in a better place for havng been here.
I am motivated by a creative mind and a strong desire to be a better self than I was yesterday.
Those are only some examples of what I call LOVE and loving others. The challenge for me is to let my brain rest – otherwise I overdo things!
I love myself by not drinking alcohol, and exercising as often as I can. I practice compassion and work hard to understand others’ suffering so that I develop a real empathy for them and their lives.
Each time I have to make a choice, I try to ask a simple question: ‘Does what I am about to do come from my heart?’ If the answer is NO, I usually find I am motivated by egotistical things which are driven by my mind and often hide under my ‘hats’ to be discovered.
With this in mind, I wish for you all, from the bottom of my heart, a very merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, and may your 2013 be filled with new adventures, joy and passion for hats, materials and life itself.