This week I have been studying the differences between theoretical and operational commitment. Be the thing we want the world to be. Give to others what it is we seek to receive. Why is it such a challenge for us to become the things that we say we believe in.. peaceful, loving, kind, forgiving, passionate, thoughtful, romantic and even sweet. It's easier to talk about these things in theoretical terms, "I wish for peace." But think about the difference and the impact of this statement when we make it operational, "I will be peaceful." "They should be more kind, forgiving, etc." becomes, "I shall be kind, forgiving, etc." More powerful yet, "In this moment, where no one else is showing kindness, I choose to be kind to others." It is a choice, one we must willfully elect to embrace... often times when being kind, peaceful, forgiving, etc., is not the most natural of reactions that we may gravitate toward.
Animals tend to embrace the philosophy of doing unto others as we would want done to us. Momma says this is one of the gifts I bring in to her life, realizing that she has a choice to embrace and become the things she wishes the world were more of... By showing and becoming the things we wish others were, we tip the scales and negate the negative influences.
Try it, I promise, you'll like it!