Cynthia Sharper Snodgrass
Challenge Six - Get Loooooove!
Yay! I love me some love, honey. The healthy, self-generative, totally receptive, all the way freeing type of love. The I Corinthians 13:4-8 type of love. The pray for your enemies and 'they mama' kind of love. Hahahaha. That's what I'm talking about.
Today as we reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, I thought it would be fitting to share one of his quotes, " Power at its best is love." Wow. Power ... at it's best is simply love! It seems like an oxymoron but it actually makes so much sense. Humans have this whole love definition all wrong... it takes a lot of strength to love some one for real, for real. Yet somehow it's one of the easiest things to do.
Let's reflect on I Corinthians 13 to understand why ...
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails." NIV
Love empowers! When I say I love someone I mean it. When I treat my colleagues with love, no matter where they land in the bureaucratic structure of the organization, it's genuine. When I say I love myself it's genuine but ... I choke a little because I've always been so hard and critical of myself. We have to put in the spiritual work to detoxify from negative programming and trauma that can dissociate us from true, radical self love. When we fill our cup, we can better pour into the lives of others.
So I ask that you re-read I Corinthians 13. Can you honestly say that you treat yourself this way? Do you keep 'no record of wrongs' that you've committed against yourself or those closest to you? Can you release the guilt and love yourself instead? Do you protect and trust yourself? Do you persevere despite it all?
Chapter Six of Get Boss is not only an invitation to love others radially (at work, at home, and into the global community) but more so to love yourself first. The irony is that in my 10 year journey to completing Get Boss, I was waking up from self-neglect. Initially, I did not talk about self-love because it was a foreign concept I couldn't truly grasp. It never even occurred to me to address it. So glad that our creator allowed me to mature and grow into the woman that could confidently talk about love from an authentic, healed place. It's my duty to share the journey with you and I'm really delighted to do so!
For the next 21 days, I hope you will join me on Facebook and Instagram for daily reflections on love. I promise it will be everything and nothing you expect. Until then, take care! Wishing you lots of love, peace, and power.