2016 has been the year of reading for me. I read one book and then the snowball continued to roll. Big time. As of this writing I’ve read 8 books since February. Considering I probably haven’t read 8 books in the span of my entire adult life up until that point, that’s quite the jump.
One book that resonated quite a bit with me was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It was a great book with powerful insights and some great tools to rewire your brain for effectiveness. I look back to the book from time to time just to look for nuggets of inspiration since there is plenty throughout. A quote that really stood out recently was:
Love is a verb. It’s an action requiring your involvement and your active participation. You cannot sit back and expect the world to serve it to you. You cannot expect that your relationship will continue to provide love while you’re not putting in any effort. Love has to be earned and must be continually fought for.
I feel that this is such a powerful concept that many people overlook. Many people see love as a noun. Something that they feel, a gift that has been given to them. Yes, it is also a noun. But to create love as a thing or a feeling, it needs to be worked at and worked on as a verb. This is for all relationships. Show love to your spouse, your mom, your dad, your brothers, your sisters, your grandma; you get the idea. If you feel that love is lacking in your relationships, inject some of your own love into it. Don’t be a spectator!! Spend time today showing love and expressing love and see how you feel.
With that in mind, I’m going to stop talking about it and start showing it. Time to show my wife some love. Until next time my friends.