Day 106: Love is an art

Nashvillians joke that if you don’t like the weather in Tennessee, wait a bit, and it will change. The past week is a perfect example of that expression. Last week at this time, we had 6-and-a-half inches of snow. Today, it was nearly 70 degrees, and many people were out enjoying the sunshine, including us. In a few days, it will be normal winter weather again, but we sure took advantage of what we were given on this day.

My sister, my daughter-in-love, and I ran errands and went looking at a lot of different stores. We took time out to eat lunch, and by the time we returned home, we needed a nap from all the fresh air and walking.

Later this evening, we joined the guys for a bite to eat. During dinner, I saw a quote on my tea bottle that was attributed to Vincent Van Gogh. It said, “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” I loved that sentiment, and thought it fit well with my blog.

Loving people is an art. Every day is a new canvas. Knowing which brushes to pick up and which colors to add to show depth and dimension is all a part of the craft. Understanding what people need to feel loved takes listening skills and empathy. Finding opportunities to express that love and then acting on it is to hop on an inspiration and ride it, until joy and exhilaration collide.

DAY 106 HOMEWORK: Use every day to hone your “loving people” skills. Look for new ways that those around need to be loved, and then practice. With canvas after canvas, you’ll be building a gallery of wonder that will draw people to your masterpieces. They won’t be able to resist it.


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