Wednesday Wisdom didn't seem very promising today. It's been a rough couple of weeks for me and for a lot of my close friends. We all seem to be carefully going through our days to deal with difficult circumstances, help those dealing with worse circumstances than our own, and remaining seemingly normal at work. My heart is full of....a lot.
Then, I read a blog post by one of my favorite bloggers and she quoted a few paragraphs from singer/songwriter and author, Andrew Peterson.
One of the lines in the excerpt she used was, . . . to look for the light in people (and things!), to give them the benefit of the doubt, to laud their beauty, to outlove unloveliness.
Just typing that and re-reading it brings me a little morsel of peace. Each little phrase could be it's own blog post! Andrew Peterson stated those words in reference to something else entirely and my blogger friend included it in a post for her own reasons, but when I read it I felt like everything around me became illuminated. It touches perfectly on what I have been thinking and feeling and discovering lately. It's like a mission statement. Can you imagine going through life with those goals?
To look for the light in people. That means ALL people.
To give the the benefit of the doubt. Gah! That's difficult, but when I receive the benefit of the doubt from others, it's magnificent!
To laud their beauty. I looked up the word laud. It is not just another word for praise but the definition also says to sing praise. To laud someone's beauty is to really appreciate it and make it known to them on a deeper level....to tell them they are worthy. My Grandpa L-F does this. Everytime I see him, he walks toward me, undistracted and takes my face into his hands. He looks, really looks at my face, into my eyes and tells me that I'm beautiful or sweet or he just smiles and says, "I love you." And I believe it. There's no distraction in this exchange, no agenda, just a grandfather telling his granddaughter that she's beautiful and worthy from the inside out. What if we treated more people like this?
To outlove unloveliness. This is the part of the statement that struck me the most. What a lovely thing to outlove unloveliness, there sure is a lot of unloveliness in this world.
Look. Give. Laud. Outlove
Thank you Ping and Pal for the inspiration!