My sons and I take a few minutes every evening before bedtime to sanctify our hearts. My youngest made an interesting observation after we spoke about the importance of universal respect and while I don’t recall the exact words, he said something to the effect that “Grown ups are better than kids at everything except for one thing: friendship.”
He told me that kids can make friends with anyone because there is nothing to stop them. He didn’t elaborate but I thought the point was brilliant for its simplicity and poignancy. Later last night I asked myself: “What stops me?” It’s a valuable question, one that forces you to take an honest inventory of your attitudes, beliefs, motivations and history of action (or inaction), as I’ve learned over the years that if anything can stop you, it will.
Take time today to consider what has tended to stop you until now – don’t underestimate the value of putting it in those terms – and list specifically how you can reorient your heart in relation to that element of frustration, constriction or restriction so that you can overcome it once and for all.