In the song lyrics Love the One You’re With, by Stephen Stills, I am sure the musician had a particular focus in mind for the meaning behind his choice of words. Today I am creating my own focus behind the signature line, If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.
Whomever you find yourself standing face to face with is an invitation to be present to that person. To connect if even briefly. Present to your interaction with them. Not present to your phone. Not the person walking behind you. Not the person or thing you will be with in ten minutes but the very person right there before your eyes. Whether it is the grocery checker ringing up your groceries or the acquintance who you unexpectedly run into buying milk and apples. Be present to the one who is standing right there. If you can’t be with the person in front of you, you aren’t being present to yourself, your life, the moment.
The one in front of you isn’t there by accident or some unfortunate disruption to your day. They are there for you to connect. And this is what makes my heart ache, the disconnection. The rushing, the avoiding, the failure to look into the eyes of the one before you. Despite those hurredly running past me I get the choice to Love. The. One. I’m. With. And even if they don’t connect with me I don’t have to let that bring me down I can choose to love them anyway.
Will you accept the invitation to connect to the person you find yourself standing with?
Hi, I’m Jenny Gwinn McGlothern, Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of my retreat business, Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, one way I know I fill my cup is by showing up to a blank page to write. Thank you for stopping by and reading my Random Monday Thoughts, because I will be honest that fills my cup too, knowing others are reading my filled page. Life is too short to blog about anything else unless it touches my heart. Please know I appreciate you joining me on this journey whether you visit every week since I began in 2008 or this is your first blog stop.
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