Let’s see how close I can get to a third-rail without touching it.
We’ve all got our beliefs, and my intent is not to change – or even discuss, really – anyone’s spiritual framework in this post.
For what it’s worth, I’m light years away from figuring out my own.
However, any spiritual text or teacher can be a source for growth if the ideas presented are useful and productive.
We turn even to recognized “fictional” literature for guidance at times.
Our most popular stories involve themes and archetypes that call to and reveal truths within us.
Jesus is the spiritual figure with whom I’m most familiar and today is recognized by many as a celebration of his birth.
Seems to be as appropriate a time as any to share some thoughts on a particular story about him that stands out to me.
Jesus taught, “love thy neighbor as thyself”, as the greatest commandment behind loving God.
Messianic, prophetic, secular, or even fictional, is this teaching worth considering?
What if we all loved our neighbors?
What if we all loved ourselves?
Are the two inseparable?
Love thy neighbor.
The greatest thing we can do is love our neighbor.
Recognize and accept ourselves in them.
All of it.
And love them anyway.
But it starts with loving ourselves.
You are worthy of the best life.
You are worthy of love.
That starts with you.
You’ve got this.