“This honest love may ever trust us; forgiving and forgetting may be its atmosphere. It may inspire us, recreate us, give wings to us when downcast, a new shield to faith and new heart to energy. We may have this great happiness all our own, firm in our grasp, yet for a mere trifle—we may throw it away, or let it fall gradually from us—like pearls dropping, one by one, silent and unnoted, from a broken necklace.” – William George Jordan
Any time you withdraw your love you throw away your happiness. How do you withdraw your love? Every time you curse another. Each instance where you fail to give it your all. Each and every moment you spend wallowing in self-pity, blame, complaint or even worry.
The radiant expression of love serves the double purpose of protecting you from that which is inconsistent with love’s nature, while connecting you to all that is consistent with its purpose and design. That which divides also connects. The same principle holds true with the expression of hatred, or any of its lesser forms, only in reverse. A hateful expression isolates you from the healing and purifying influence of love while connecting you to all that has succumbed to the absence of love in the world around you.
Most people hide behind defensive strategies – gruffness, toughness, terseness, shyness, etc. – to protect themselves from that which they fear. This is a tiring approach, for it must be fed with your life energies to be sustained…energy that could be employed in other, more productive areas. True protection comes from radiance.
Your body, mind and heart have the capacity to magnify the core of love in you day and and day out. Most people use these brilliantly designed capacities as mirrors to the world around them, rather than as megaphones for the expression of their inner greatness. As Dr. Maya Angelou put it so beautifully: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Why do you sing?
When you decide to be radiant no matter what, you open the door to happiness. You realize that the starting point for greatness lies not in the world beyond you, but deep within you. The You that you are and always will be is a great and magnificent presence that must be translated – to meet the needs of the moment – by your closest allies: your body, mind and heart.
Radiance in this sense is the best offense and the best defense. It really is a lot easier than most people have made it.
Give it a try!