“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.” Wayne Dyer
I’ve shared before about the importance of letting your kids have their own dreams, dreams that can make a positive impact on the world. But the truth is that all of us need that allowance: we all need to have our own dreams and make our own place in the world. Yes, we can do it by fighting to show the world who we are aggressively, but when we do it with love there’s a lot more potential for us and our world, and a lot less damage to clean up and repair too.
The first place that we need more love is with our families. It’s easy to pick a fight with them because they’re always there and we know them so well and they know us so well, but those are also good reasons to love them even more. When we have more loving families it will be easier to spread love throughout the world because we’ll have a more stable foundation to work with.
The other reminder Dr. Dyer shares here is that no one has to satisfy you, that’s not their job or mission in life, nor should you require it to be. If you’re not satisfied with things it’s up to you to change them, and sometimes that means changing the people in your life (note: if you change the people in your life and you’re still unhappy it’s a pretty clear indication that you are what needs to change, not them).
In this coming week I encourage you to love more, argue less, and make decisions that not only make you happy but are good for your future and the future of the world too.