The theme of scroll 2 of Og Mandino is LOVE. Most of us have heard the expression that love makes the world go round. Love is indeed a very necessary part of our lives. Just think how empty life would be without having someone to share love with or to give love to.
However, as I look around me I see evidence of our culture’s worship of things and power. I notice little emphasis on love. Of course parents love their children, or do they. Many seem to put the needs of their children at the bottom of their to do list—placing money, things, work, power, etc. first. Scroll 2 suggests we take a more proactive attitude toward love. We are to love our enemies and they will become friends; encourage our friends and they will become brothers. Love renews and energizes us.
I have found the act of giving not only invigorating but also motivating. I am one of those individuals who was very mean to callers soliciting one thing or another from me. I used to be rude and unkind. At the end of the call I felt frustrated and put upon. Since adopting the two activities in ‘the flow of giving’, my attitude has done an about face. I am no longer angry and upset with the caller. I greet them in a friendly manner; thank them for calling; wish them a great day; and, request removal of my name from their list. Wow what a difference my change in behavior has made. And, it also seems as though I receive fewer of these calls. I’m sure the quantity has not changed just my attitude.
I also notice I now seem to meet more friendly people; those with a smile and a pleasant attitude. Is my change of attitude and behavior affecting others who come in contact with me? I can truly say that living a life focused on being loving and giving to others certainly yields many positive results.