Today is for lovers, and I want to be one. Not just of one person, that’s not enough – today, I want to be a lover of all humankind. To look at the great, bustling world around me and see the goodness there. I want to relish the difference in my clients, the variety that lives in each of us, the secrets of the soul and the heart, the joy and pain that set us apart from one another – yet bind us so tightly. Today, I want to love myself, warts and all. Today, no matter the provocation, I won’t think an unloving or unkind thought. I’ll refuse to be drawn into the petty meanness of office gossip or the misery of the news(paper). Let this be a step on my road to serenity. Today, I will be a lover.
From Parkside Meditation Series, Help for Helpers: Daily Meditations for Counselors