"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so." ~ David Grayson
That strong emotion we all have. It comes from a spot deep within our soul.
Lying in the grass and looking at the sky.
Flying a kite with your child.
A walk with your sweetheart.
The smell of freshly baked apple pie.
Love can encompass a whole number of different things.
How often do we really recognize what it is in our lives that we love?
The #Lovelist Project
This is the crazy-wonderful idea dreamt up by Kristin Tennant, writer at Halfway to Normal. Kristin writes very much about subjects that have a deep personal connection for her, and she speaks with love and honesty that is real and refreshing. Recently, Kristin wrote about this idea she's penned The Lovelist Project, and what this was. Check out that post, it's filled with so much goodness and ways you can be a part of this project. And there are a number of ways to participate, some very active, and some much more passive. In the end, it's all about helping you to recognize that which you love in your life – in a deeply connecting way.
In My Words
The Lovelist Project is really you, identifying those things in your life that evoke this feeling of love. That's a feeling we all have, and it's one I believe is at the core of who each of us are. The thing is, none of us are the same. And what we love is not the same. So, there isnt' some "standard" list out there. This list is a very personal list for each of us.
And think about this – let's say we identify something we love:
Why is it that we love that thing? Not just "on the surface love", that deeper more meaningful love.
So this concept by Kristin is all about identifying those things in your life that you love. Simple things. Complex things. All of it. And then to think about the deeper meaning why. Why is it that these things have deep meaning for you? What is it that you're connecting with? And through this whole mini-journey into the many loves in our life, we're getting closer to the core of who we each are.
What it's not: It's not just sitting down for a half hour and cranking out a list (that doesn't sound too love-filled). It's about deliberately being aware of those things in your life that really evoke that feeling of love. And then identifying them and why you love them…in the moments of your day.
I'll go first.
I love chocolate chip pancakes on a lazy Saturday morning
I love getting into a sun-warmed car on a cool fall day, and letting the warmth work it's way through my body.
I love seeing fog develop, right before my eyes, on a crisp autumn evening
What does love mean to you? What might be on your lovelist? Feel free to share on Kristin's site, here, or on Twitter (using the hashtag #lovelist). And follow Kristin's blog, where she's highlighting #lovelist entries each Friday, and encouraging others to add their own at that time too.
Note: At the same time, what we love can be deeply personal, and not something we're ready or want to share. That's perfectly okay, too. Sometimes it's just thinking about what it is that we love, that helps to connect us to a deeper part of our soul. And then sometimes it's just plain silly stuff that just lightens our spirit. It's all good, and it's all real.