The Love Better Blog
We talk a lot about kindness here. And how we treat one another is a big deal - in our families, at work, in our communities, cross-culturally and cross-generationally. But what we are NOT talking about is simply being '“nice.”
One of the great disappointments of my life was the realization that all my years of trying to be nice in no way meant that I knew how to love well.
“…If our faith asks us to find the face of God in everyone we meet, that should include the politicians, media, and strangers on Twitter with whom we most violently disagree.” - Brene Brown.
Growing up, I had no idea that I believed in anything that wasn’t true. Starting with monsters under my bed.
Believing stuff that wasn’t true didn’t happen because anyone intentionally lied to me. Except, of course, in the case of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, which resulted in gifts and money, so I’ve willingly made peace with that.
Power without love is reckless and abusive,
and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Trauma has shaken the very foundations of individuals, communities and entire people groups in profound ways. We can’t ignore the effects of trauma when we are looking for solutions to all that is broken in the world…. Unlike a bruise that heals on its own if you leave it alone, trauma is like a staph infection that spreads farther and grows more painful the longer it is ignored.
Gift-giving is a great way to express your love to the important people in your life! If you’re having trouble finding a gift that says what you really want to communicate, don’t worry about a thing. We’ve got you covered. Read on for 7 kinds of gifts that cost zero dollars but could be the best thing you’ve ever given away! Plus we’ve created a free printable for you to use to present gifts that are otherwise intangible.
When we think about how to create a better world, it’s easy to fall prey to the myth that the answers lie somewhere behind us. And as long as we believe that, we stay stuck. Here’s another idea…
If we really want a kinder world, we can’t be the crazy-eyed boyfriend throwing crap out on the lawn and setting it on fire. (Literally or figuratively.) That’s kind of how Facebook has felt at moments – everyone’s laundry out on the lawn, lots of insults and screaming, but no one feeling heard or understood. There’s a better way! Let’s not settle for shortcuts!
If you want a better marriage, more satisfying connections with family members, friends and neighbors… and if you want to live in a world where hatred isn’t the norm, this is an essential conversation. Part 5 in our series, “What Are We Fighting For” offers a chance to examine our intentions and actions, and to let go of our assumptions about others.
Today we continue with our 12-part blog series, “What Are We Fighting For?” Part 4 talks about a local tragedy that has rocked our community and the common ground we share as humans who desperately need connection to weather this world.