Hello, Internet. I am Emily, Tom’s roommate and long time best pal. Tom always suggests that I guest post and I always decline. I do not live as mindfully as Thomas and I also don’t suffer from addiction (though Tom would probably argue that my Pinterest use borders on it…) so though I read his blog daily (cough, cough) I am not the guest blogger he needs.
Yet here I am…because this is what you do for best friends and their resolutions. You get me for the next few days while Tom is away!
One of my favorite words in the world is the word “unconditional”. I think it’s because I have never heard anyone use it in a negative way. You can hate something unconditionally, I suppose, but you are probably more likely to use it’s synonym – absolute – as in “ I hate olives with an absolute passion.” ‘Unconditional’ is saved for words like love, trust, respect and kindness.
Maybe from our perfect, small town upbringing, our good, Christian raisin’, or just plain stupidity, one thing Tom and I have in common is that ‘unconditional’ thing — we get it. However, that doesn’t mean that we practice it every day. I wish my love, respect, trust, and kindness were always unconditional to people I care about but in fact sometimes they are anything but. Trust – my biggest weakness.
Unconditional, as in, there are no conditions to the love I am giving you — I just love you. There are no conditions to the trust I am giving you — I just trust you. There are no conditions to the respect I have for you — I just respect you. There are no conditions to the kindness I show to you. I love you, I trust you, I respect you. Do nothing in return – wow!
I feel it a lot more than I can give it. I feel it every day; I give it every day as much as I am humanly able. Be unconditional.
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