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It was a busy day, the kind where I eat lunch in my car to make the schedule work. No matter how harried a day is, I am still committed to living unhurried. So when I eat apples, I'm mindful. I pause and chew and taste.
I realize apple cores are evidence of true love.
In a world where creative dates and big bouquets of roses and gushy affirmations on social media for #mcm (Man Crush Monday) or #wcw (Woman Crush Wednesday) is considered true love, an apple core might seem laughable. The world says love should be fancy and make you happy.
This is a dangerous lie to believe.
Happiness is not a dependable marker of love.
Love is about sticking through the hard, even when the hard isn't happy.
The truth is, true love doesn't care about personal happiness. It's not egocentric. It cares about offering happiness to another person.
It's apple cores.
Because the reason I have an apple core is because someone else did the grocery shopping late the night before. Someone else left the apple in plain view for the next morning. Someone else put my happiness ahead of his own.
Rarely is true love fancy.
It throws in a load of laundry at 11 pm and stays up to fold it together.
It takes the dog out in the rain.
It changes the sheets after the toddler gets sick in the middle of the night.
It does the dishes.
It makes the coffee.
It bakes cookies.
It runs into town to pick up and drop off and pick up kids.
It believes making another person's life pleasant is more important than personal happiness.
It is unlikely a bouquet of roses with a love note will ever be delivered to my work. The chances of a profession of love for me on social media is statistically impossible. Unless I believe a creative date is when I ask friends to meet us at a favorite bar for dinner and beer, it isn't ever going to happen.
But I have apple cores and the truth about true love: it isn't fancy and it isn't about my happiness.
The truth remains. The more I love in selfless and unprecedented ways, the happier I am.
This is the paradox of love.
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