Last week we saw the launch of the #lovemoreZA movement, something that I was very excited about when Michelle from Mayalief sent me a mail. Then I opened the attachment with a bit more info, and I started to panic. Right under the heading was the bible verse:
‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.’
We’re not a religious family, and by not religious, I mean, I am an atheist. Usually when people find this out about me, they’re generally taken aback, so I was surprised that I was asked to be apart of this campaign. But lets be honest, can you really tell a persons religion by looking at them if they are not wearing a religious item? No, not really, so how would anyone know? Then I reminded myself, that ‘love’, for our family at least, has nothing to do with religion. And I think the intension of the campaign is to spread a universal message of love! A kind of message of love that does not discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. A kind of love that spreads kindness, is hopeful, instills an attitude of gratitude, exudes positivity and staying true to your values.
When I think of how i want to raise my gorgeous child, these are the principles that i want him to be guided by. I also hope that he can instil these principles in the world around him. However, the only way I can ensure this, is by leading by example. This is the hard part. Leading by example means I need to be more aware of every decision I make, everything that I say, in front of Corey and away from him, and everything that i do. I believe that being kind, and showing love is a decision that we make. And most definitely not a once off decision. It’s not always an easy decision, and in many cases I slip up and say something unkind or lash out without thinking about the other person. But with practice, I also believe that the journey to ‘loving more’ will get easier.
How I behave after said ‘slip up’ is the ultimate test of the person that i truly am, and that is what my child witnesses. If my husband and I were to be in a fight, holding a grudge and sulking will only teach my child that that kind of behaviour is acceptable. But it is not. Not only is loving less destructive to interpersonal relationships, it is also damaging to the self. There is a Roald Dahl quote that comes to mind when I think of this,
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
…and by ‘look lovely’, I can guarantee that you will feel lovely too.
Writing this post makes me feel like a bit of a hypocrite, as I have misanthropic tendencies. Most of my love is reserved for my close family, all the animals in the world and the environment. And when I see any of these aspects being threatened I well up with anger. I need to remind myself that the only way I can work towards changing the behaviours of others is to be kind to them. If this is something I can teach Corey, i know he will grow up to be a great man one day.
There has been a lot of ‘I’ in this post, lets meet some of the amazing people behind this campaign and those that were apart of making our awesome shoot in Pretoria happen:
The two master minds behind the entire campaign, check their websites out to learn more about these two ladies.
Chantelle created four new characters with amazing values, and our kiddos got to play with them for the shoot! The froggy was our favouritest of them all!
Our awesome photographer!
Surina Sponsored some awesome lil bows for the girls that participated in our shoot
Be sure to check out the hashtag #lovemoreZA on instagram to see what others are saying about thsi movement.
I hope you have all had a great day! and can you believe it… two blog posts in one week and its only Tuesday! Whaaaat!