It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor. Eric Hoffer
Our happiness in large part rests on our ability to love and serve our neighbors.
This quote reminded me of the inherent difficulty in this mandate.
In theory, loving our neighbors is easy. When we think of humanity, we find love easily.
But when our neighbor is difficult, selfish and unfair – now the whole thing just got a lot harder.
My positive spin on this is that it is worth it.
The hard work of empathy, vulnerability and risk associated with really loving those around us is worth it.
It much easier to hide behind a general love of humanity, but much more rewarding to get our hands dirty doing the everyday work of showing love to those around us.
Embrace your opportunity to love your neighbors today.
Lean into the difficulty. Make the most of the challenge.
Make it a great day.