We loved this piece by Alexandra Franzen and she was so gracious to allow us to share it with you. We hope her words and message resonate with you and take all your relationships to new levels.
It’s late summer. A friend writes to me with a simple request.
She’s preparing to deliver a TEDx Talk — a lifelong dream, come true.
She’s written her story, crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. She’s wondering if I’ll take a peek.
Y’know. Give her my two cents. Maybe a little rewriting, revamping, refining … that kinda thing.
My first instinct is YES. My second instinct is UGH — I-have-so-much-to-do-all-those-emails-emails-emails-blah-bah-deeeee-bloo — stiff anxiety, softening back into my first instinct. YES.
I click open the doc, scanning the title of her talk. Three words: “Remember To Love.”
Within moments, I am fighting back a tidal wave of messy, stinging tears. Then not fighting. Just letting them fall.
As the story unfolds, my friend Gemma — who happens to be a psychologist — circles around a central question:
What if Love was a person — a human being, like me or you?
In difficult situations, in happy conversations, in professional scenarios and personal ones, too …
What would Love do?
My mind begins to whirl.
What would Love do … on a first date that’s going well?
What would Love do … on a first date that’s not going well?
What would Love do … at a networking event? When pitching the media? When marketing a product? While waiting on hold for a customer service representative? When delivering criticism — or getting rejected?
What would Love do … with that avalanche of emails? With that project, left unfinished? With that project, not yet begun?
What would YOU do … if YOU were Love?
I think you know what you would do.
I think we all do.
So the next time you’re scared, stumbling, or second-guessing your instincts, simplify the whole scenario.
What would Love do?
And there is no confusion.
That’s what you should do, too.
Originally shared by the incredible, Alexandra Franzen, and we were incredibly stoked to share this brilliant outlook and inspiration with you. Every day you have a hot date with yourself. Show up.
For more information on this brilliant writer and lover of love visit her www.Alexandra Franzen.com