Music Monday: Love

We’ve finally arrived! This week, we conclude with my tenth and final installment in our list of suggestions for how we could live and operate our businesses from a place of greater happiness…

Suggestion #1: Assume the best.
Suggestion #2: Roll with it.
Suggestion #3: Visualize responsibly.
Suggestion #4: Say what you want and expect.
Suggestion #5: Stop comparing.
Suggestion #6: Take the leap.
Suggestion #7: Lend a hand.
Suggestion #8: Be selective and guard your time.
Suggestion #9: Let go.
Suggestion #10: Love

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This famous quote from a Tale of Two Cities by the great novelist, Charles Dickens, was this in its entirety:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Sound familiar? Maybe like… the nightly news? Yeah.

We’re in a divisive time. As were my parents (think, Vietnam War.) As were my Grandparents (think, WWII.) As were my Great Grandparents (think Civil War.)

We are also in the best of times. You might not initially believe that but I promise you… we are. You always have a choice. You can choose other than what you are told and sold.

I listen to the news. I read the papers. There is beauty. There are answers. There are new possibilities that did not exist prior to this day. I choose love. I choose hope. I choose faith in the ingenuity, the indomitable spirit, the vast creativity, and the undying goodness of our humanity to find an answer to whatever is given to us. And, I am happy.

To be happy, I believe one must believe that goodness prevails. They must believe it is a given that from a 30,000-foot view of our journey on this planet that love will find its way… that goodness will prevail. Utopia? Shangri-La? Maybe. But all I’m gifted is my 100ish years in this lifetime. And, I choose the happiest, most loving, most hopeful future. Naive? Maybe. But, this blog is about how to work and live and run businesses that are based in the highest energy and the happiest space possible. So, I choose the lowest level of angst. I choose the highest level of faith and love and I find when I do… I receive the same in kind and in spades.

Love begets love. Patience begets patience. Faith begets faith. Hope begets hope. I choose all the above.

If you really, really want to live the rest of your days at work, at home, and anywhere this grand adventure takes us in a state of true happiness… then you must have faith that everything is happening in it’s perfect order and timing. You must have faith that there is nothing we can’t find an answer for and, no matter what they tell you, you were put here to shine…. to be prosperous, to win, to discover, to uncover, to enjoy abundance, and to love and be loved.

At the end of the day, always default to and choose love. It will never, ever steer you wrong if what you desire is true happiness.

This is the first Monday in October (can you even believe it?) and so it is Music Monday (always the first Monday of every month) where we feature some music off my personal playlist. This month, I choose Nothing More by The Alternate Routes (featuring Lily Costner) and while I could have featured the official video version, I decided I loved this version of the middle school graduation of this sweet children’s choir much more. I can’t tell you how my heart sings when I watch them sing with such conviction! Makes me know without a doubt that our future is as bright as it’s ever been.

My favorite lyric in the song:

“A world that’s full of endless possibilities
And heroes don’t look like they used to
They look like you do”

We are love, we are one We are how we treat each other when the day is done To be happy… Champion hope. Stand for what could be. Speak of what you’re FOR. Radiate love.

The Alternate Routes – Nothing More

“To be humble, to be kind
It is a giving of the peace in your mind
To a stranger, to a friend
To give in such a way that has no end

We are love, we are one
We are how we treat each other when the day is done
We are peace, we are war
We are how we treat each other and nothing more

And to be bold, to be brave
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The danger’s in the anger and in the hanging on to it

We are love, we are one
We are how we treat each other when the day is done
We are peace, we are war
We are how we treat each other and nothing more

And tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s full of endless possibilities
And heroes don’t look like they used to
They look like you do

We are love, we are one
We are how we treat each other when the day is done
We are peace, we are war
We are how we treat each other and nothing more
We are how we treat each other and nothing more
We are how we treat each other”

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