My blogger friend, Joy, over at Catharsis tagged me to post about things I love and hate.
The Love List
Yeah, I know it sounds cheesy, but I love love. Both when people love each other. And when people are in love with ideas. When people live with passion, it radiates from the inside out. And everyone wants to be around a person like that. Or be that person.
Is there anything better than knowing someone you care about took time out of their day to think of you? Sending you a text, an unexpected little gift or something from their garden out of the blue? Unless it's someone who takes the time to truly listen to you and forgives you when you screw up.
Truth can be beautiful, kind and easy. But, more likely, it's unpretty, unapologetic and difficult. But after the ugliness, there is liberation, freedom and an opportunity for growth.
Unadulterated moments and pure things unfettered by distractions or extras. Like hugging your kid, sunshine, seeing fireflies, petting a dog and vanilla bean ice cream. Getting back to basics and slowing down to appreciate the small things.
Laughter. There's nothing better than a witty person with a ready, heady laugh. It comforts, it soothes, it heals. It's simply the best drug there is.
Things I hate:
Often we learn how to hate from some of the very same people we love, who don't know how to reciprocate. Manifesting insecurities, lack of understanding, jealousy and fear. Even worse, we generally hate in others what we dislike about ourselves.
Selfishness is at the core of greed, but it's also necessary sometimes. Because being too generous can lead to being taken advantage of. Is it greedy to be assertive?
Clearly, deception and blatant lies are harmful and destructive. But, what about white lies? Omissions with the intention not to hurt someone. Are those different? The line is so blurred.
While we may choose to simplicity, we live in a complex world. Filled with governments, bosses, parents, siblings, spouses and children. Keeping things simple is intensely complicated.
Some of the most hilarious people are also some of the most serious and thoughtful. Because humor is a serious coping mechanism for depression.
So basically, It's a thin line between love and hate.