Letting Love into Your Life

Suddenly you just feel it.

You don’t know where it came from or exactly what created it, but all of a sudden you detect this special feeling…about someone in your life, or about something you are doing or wanting to do. You didn’t find this special feeling; it found you. It’s not a feeling that you created, but was an unexpected development that resulted from your interactions with others, your involvement with something you enjoy doing or, in some cases, simply your thoughts about something you “see” in your future.

We don’t choose love like we would choose to buy a car or go on a trip. Instead, love chooses us and can appear in our lives in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. Love is one of life’s most important signals as we work to discover what we should do with our lives and the choices we need to make to get there.

Love creates a special drive within you and can lead you to make great sacrifices in order to accomplish something you deem to be important. The motivation that love provides can be the difference between an average performance and an extraordinary one – the difference between an average and an extraordinary life. Love is indeed a wonder drug, and its presence can energize you in very special ways.

The challenge is to be able to recognize love when it appears and to have respect for what this special feeling can do in our lives. Many of our choices are very logical ones as we “think our way through” the life we are living. However, love is not always logical. It can stimulate us to head off in a direction that only we understand, to devote our lives to a work that means more than money or to provide our total devotion to another individual. If we want to have a life of excitement and accomplishment, we must be willing to look beyond our logical moments, and, when love is “at work” in our lives, to rely on the feelings it provides.

Here is one more thing to think about. You may have clearly defined goals and be working hard to accomplish them when love comes along and attempts to send you off in a totally different direction. You may be marching down a well-defined path, when love comes along and presents a new one to you. If you feel this happening in your life, you should not make the mistake of thinking that a personal goal, well-developed though it may be, is more important than the goal that love may now be trying to set for you. Without the presence of love in establishing our goals, we may live totally logical lives, but yet be void of the special feelings and energy that love provides.

Love isn’t going to handcuff you and haul you off in some new direction. Instead, love makes its effort to enter your life and does its best to direct you in very special ways. However, you choose how you will respond to love…whether you will follow where it leads, or simply do the “more logical” thing.

“Perhaps love is the process
of life leading you back to yourself.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley