When you’re a little kid, one of the first things you learn is how to categorize and label things. You learn that cows moo and that dogs bark and that cats meow. As children, we learned to associate certain labels with certain results, and we began to expect those results. If you saw a cow, you’d say “moo” and expect that cow to moo. Same with dogs and cats, and all the other things you learned when you were small.
Now that you’re grown, it’s not very different. Except now, you’re doing that same categorizing and expecting with relationships. You know you’re supposed to get love from your parents, support from your friends, guidance from your bosses, and so on and so forth. But what happens when you’re not getting those things from the places we expect? What happens when you experience a loss in friendship or a change in career that separates you from familiar coworkers? You lose those things you had come to expect. You lose the love. Or at least, you think you do.
You might say that friendships aren’t about love, and camaraderie at work isn’t about love. But if you really think about it, isn’t everything about love? Isn’t the universe just pouring love out to each of us in every single way possible? There’s love in the neighbor waving on the street. There’s love in the random call from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. There is love everywhere.
As these months get colder, and on the days when you’re feeling a little empty, remember that the universe, the whole universe, loves you and is striving to show you that love through every avenue possible. Through your friends, through your family, through random strangers on the street, the universe will tap every resource to make sure you have everything you need to fill your heart up.
So open your heart up to all the different kinds of love out there. From the smallest smiles to the tightest hugs. Open up your heart and let that love in. It’s all out there waiting for you.