A wise friend remarked that, if we were to be reductionist for a moment, perhaps life just comes down to one central idea – love.
Author and psychologist Scott Peck defined love as the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. (He treats mental and spiritual growth the same)
There’s a lot to unpack in that definition – “the will,” “to extend,” “nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth” – can all inspire essays themselves. But, to me, it says two things. First, love is a verb. Second, to seek growth is to seek love. True self love, as I have learned over years of daily notes here, requires us to push, challenge and extend ourselves without judgment. Where growth and love are concerned, to speak of one is to speak of another.
As simple as this idea may sound, it is, of course, incredibly hard to consistently act on. But, do small things with extraordinary love and do so one day at a time, and, it is likely we will chart a path that describes a life well lived.