Good morning, ladies and gentlemen!
Here’s an excerpt from Rick Warren’s “Daily Hope” email.
Love is an action, not just emotion. Love is something you do.
It’s easy to love somebody who loves you, isn’t it? It takes nothing at all. But real love acts and does the loving thing when people don’t deserve it, when they don’t respond, or when you don’t feel it. Actually, acting in love when you don’t feel it is the highest form of love. It’s a more mature love when you act loving toward a person who does not respond the same way.
Have you also noticed that it’s easier to act your way into a feeling than it is to feel your way into an action? …
You act your way into a feeling. You may say, “I don’t feel like acting loving toward them.” So what? If you start acting in love, I guarantee you the feelings will follow — because feelings follow behavior.
Such is the case with the energy and enthusiasm that we bring to the rest of our lives; to our jobs, to our teams, to our families, to classes. Every moment we have the opportunity to choose about how we will approach life. Choosing, however, does not mean that things get automatically or immediately easier. Making the choice is important, but it’s only a first step. It has to be followed by action. It’s the action that begins to improve our circumstance.
Acting and pretending are not the same. Pretending is not anchored in reality. Acting, by definition, is a process of doing. Whether it’s loving someone, creating new habits, or re-approaching your day, act now and eventually you will be.
Make it a GREAT day!