Spread the love where it seems to be lacking. Spread the light where it’s needed most. This affirmation is a commitment to live up to the love and light that is in us, and to treat others as if that is all we see.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spread the Love
I choose to spread love where it has been forgotten.
Spread more love than hate, because hate cannot drive out hate—only love can do that. We can spread the love through small acts of kindness and simple displays of compassion. Do your little bit of good where you are.
The little things accumulated over time become the foundation on which every relationship stands.
If you can make just one person smile today, even if that person is yourself, you have succeeded. Your smile can change someone’s world. The echoes of your kindness are truly endless.
Love without restriction and trust without fear. Desire without demand and accept others for who they are. Each of us has a story and a reason why we’re the way we are. Don’t get lazy and judge people (that’s easy); be open, be teachable, be curious, be humble. Be present and be kind. Magnify their strengths and not their weaknesses.
Being kind is a beautiful legacy to leave behind.
The way we treat others is a test of what we’ve learned about love, compassion, and kindness. With every act of kindness or unkindness, we are setting an example. Rise above the temptation to respond to hate with hate, or to spread more darkness where light is needed. Exhibiting love is the prerogative of the brave.
Be brave enough to give love freely and without expectation. We lose nothing by giving love, but we might gain everything.
As Dr. Leo Buscaglia said, “Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly, and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved, we love to love.”
A moment of love can transcend all barriers and make all possible. So, spread the love everywhere you go. There’s always enough to go around and come back again.
Spread the Light
I choose to spread light where it is needed most.
I adore this verse written by Hafiz, Persian poet: “Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.”t
It does no good to spread more darkness where light is needed. When someone’s world goes dark, do not also abide in darkness; become the light that shines away their sorrow, or at least reminds them of the light that still shines. Be the living proof that there is hope despite all the darkness.
As Desiderius Erasmus said, “Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”
Approach fear with the knowledge that its darkness can be cast out by the inner light that always shines. If you hide your pains, darkness, guilt, and attack from love’s light, you cannot be free from hurt.
The following excerpt from A Course in Miracles illustrates this point beautifully:
Light cannot enter darkness when the mind believes in darkness and will not let it go. Truth does not struggle against ignorance, and love does not attack fear. What needs no protection does not defend itself. Defense is of your making.
Be honest with yourself and see the darkness for what it is. Respond not with more darkness, but with the remembrance of light that can never be dimmed. See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.
- How has your show of kindness brightened someone’s day?
- How has another’s light brought out the light in you?
- How can you bring a little more love and light into the conversation or the situation?
Please share your own loving thoughts, intentions, lessons, and experiences with in the comments.
Spread the love and share this affirmation with someone today.
Be the sun that brightens someone’s day. Be the moon that shines in the darkest hour. Be a conduit of love and a conductor of light.
Watercolor texture by Summer–Moon; lettering by Aim Happy.