What if I could give you a simple, completely free technique that is easy to apply and which might change your life for the better? Would you be willing to invest a few minutes to see if I can deliver on this promise?
First, though, let me give you a little of the background to this idea so that I can credit two sources that I have drawn from to create what I am presenting here. The first source was a very popular fad from several years ago that seems to have nearly died out. Remember the people who wore bracelets with the bold letters: WWJD? The letters stood, of course, for: ”What would Jesus do?” I think this is a powerful idea that connects us with the spirit of the New Testament Gospels, but as fads usually do, it seems to have faded.
The second source for my idea came from a series of inspirational letters by Gloria Wendroff, a lovely lady from Fairfield, Iowa, who has been publishing them on a free forum for many years. The particular letter that contributed to my idea was Cast Your Love before Thousands, published on her forums on June 8, 2011.
I took the main theme from Cast Your Love before Thousands, combined it with the sentiment behind WWJD and came up with new phrase: “What would love do now?” As a kind of experiment, I then resolved to repeat this phrase to myself as many times as I could remember it during the next day. I was amazed at the results! Every time I said this phrase to myself, no matter what was going on in the moment, new ways of seeing the events of my day and new ways of approaching the challenges I happened to be facing suddenly occurred to me. Along with that, whatever I was feeling at the time turned up a notch, becoming more positive and causing me to feel more confident in myself.
I am suggesting that you give this a try and see if your experience is similar to mine. What have you got to lose but a few seconds out of each hour over the next 24 hours? If you do this, I would really appreciate it if you would post a note below, even if your experience was not as positive as mine. I have extended this experiment and continue to repeat to myself: “What would love do now?” The benefits for me continue and seem to be building on the earlier efforts and becoming even more rewarding.
If you decide to try this, you may want to consider a couple more points first. Some may get hung-up on the over-used word “love.” I cannot give a satisfactory definition to what I mean, but I can point to a few clear examples. A mother nursing her baby. A cat carrying her newborn kitten by the scruff of its neck to a safer location. A gardener pruning, weeding and watering her roses. An uncle consoling a young boy who just lost his father in an auto accident. Love isn’t easily definable but it is understandable.
The other thing to consider is your commitment to act on the ideas that arise in response to this phrase. I suggest that you make no commitment to do anything different. You will naturally do what you feel like doing – that is all that is necessary. Your only commitment will be to repeat a phrase to yourself as often as you remember to do so: “What would love do now?”
If you do this and it is a really positive experience for you, besides letting me know, below, how about sending a link to others you feel might enjoy it?
Love and best wishes to all,
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