2016 is both a blessing and a curse and I think without the thread of love I might have given up a long time ago.
Love Always has become my sign off. A gentle reminder to myself to go back and review my words and check that there is always the thread of love running through them. Why do I need to do that? Well because there is simply so much hatred in this world and where possible I don't want to add to that cacophony of noise.
My voice may be soft and it may be gentle and a lot of the time it may be unheard but it has strength in it. Strength which came from learning to love myself. There is a quote which says, "If I asked you to name all the things you love how long would it take until you named yourself?". How long would it take you? It has taken me far to long.
It isn't easy and there are plenty of days where I fall far short and the inner critic bounds back with delight and starts ripping me to pieces. You see hate is easy. Hating means you can be removed from what is going on around you. Love requires you to be actively engaged in life. In authenticity. In compassion. In giving without expecting anything in return. And sadly not to many people are prepared to give without return.
It is always going to be challenge to decide to actively engage in love but right now that is a challenge I am prepared to rise up to every day.