Keepin’ it 100: Journey of Courage – Day 23

Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for
Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. We choose to be unconditionally devoted to the Love which is unconditionally devoted to us. We embrace life in Love as our True nature. Connected with All in Love, we stand boldly in our heart-centers, unwavering in our dedication to Unity of Life in Love.


I have several wise masters in my life, friends, people who I can converse with or email when I need to do some external processing.

Usually when I am processing externally, there’s a lot of jumbling of words; I never say quite what I want to say in a way that really says what I mean. For much of my life, this inhibited my verbal communication. Since I couldn’t say what I meant clearly, and it was more of a jumbled mess, the respondent would react to what they thought I was saying. They were unable to help me clarify so there could be real communication. Then it just became more of a jumbled mess because then if I tried to correct their perception, they just thought I was being defensive. Eventually I stopped trying to correct people’s perceptions, and sometimes I just didn’t initiate any communication what so ever, but that’s really hard in relationships. I’ve “gotten better” on all counts—my communication is less jumbled from the get-go, and I am more patient with people’s perceptions.

But I am SO thankful for the wise masters who I call friends in my life who I can talk with as a jumbled mess, and they get it. With them I don’t have to worry about their reactions or perceptions; I don’t have to worry that they will be offended or take something personally. I don’t have to worry about being clear! I can say things that I know are from a “lower” part of my mind or emotions and they know I am working through something, working it out. Sometime “stuff” needs to come out raw and unfiltered. They listen beyond the words, hear beyond the ears. In those moments for me, they embody unconditional love.

Have you ever been in a situation where you just know someone loves you unconditionally? It’s so relieving! All worry and uncertainty fades. A weight is lifted: the weight of trying, the weight of pleasing someone, the weight of trying to figure out what someone else wants.

1 Corinthians 13 keeps going through my head: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” In the moments of being a jumbled mess with my friends, this is how they seem to me…just love.

Sometimes when I think about the Guiding Thoughts, they are so big. What do I do with them? How do I do this? Today’s is like that. How do we understand and give unconditional love? How do we devote ourselves to something so big and abstract?

And then I think about my friends. My wonderful, beautiful friends who teach me so much in such simple ways…if I could give to others what they give to me… it’s that simple. Love is simple: Listen. Be. Allow others to be. Doing these simple things with others is devotion to love, devotion to being love and loving.

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