Today, ask that your thoughts and actions be motivated by love and not fear. Often our efforts, although they appear positive and productive, are undergirded by fear: the desire to minimize uncertainty, control the future, avoid discomfort, be liked, be assured of safety. Fear keeps us in our busy-whirling minds and makes us the center of a very small universe. Love helps us let go of the need to control, gives us empathy for ourselves, loosens perfectionism, helps us feel the beauty, holiness and opportunities in the moment, fills us with gratitude, helps us discern and meet genuine needs, slows us down, helps us see possibility, and gives us a more steady sense of trust in ourselves, others, and the divine.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.