Based on my personal reading to Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, & Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford; the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life.
Rachel’s authentic voice, humble tone, and gift for story-telling are what first drew me to her blog more than a year ago. She is one of the most influential modern day poets of our time. Her newest book Only Love Today, is a keep-in-your-purse companion for every woman and an essential read for every mom struggling to balance it all. Its non-dated, seasonal format is such, that you can open it up to any page when you have just 5 minutes to spare and gleam nuggets of truth and encouragement. Most messages are neatly wrapped up within 2-3 pages, making it the perfect go-to book for carpool lines, drive-thru’s and any other unexpected breaks within your day.
What you will find in this book:
– Practical tips on how to better connect and love those who are most important to you
– Grace for those moments when you just don’t feel like you’re measuring up
– Truth about life, love, connection, and our innate worthiness
– Inspiration for embracing the authentic, unique gifts within you and your loved ones
Only Love Today is a transcendent love letter which cuts through the noisy, distracted, competitive shouts of our world and delivers loving whispers of truth straight into the heart. This book has the power to heal broken spirits, repair strained relationships, and literally transform our divisive world. No exaggerating here. It’s Truly That Good!
Only Love Today is an antidote to the divisiveness and weariness we are experiencing within our world and witnessing within our news feeds. For those of us who have been wrestling with how we can help heal our world, my advice is this…
I would highly suggest, when ordering, that you pick up at least one extra copy for a friend. Once you begin reading, you’ll want to share its powerful message wide and far.
Start here, in the very first pages of this book. LOVE will lead us on from there:
“What if the reason you give unconditional love is because the love you received came with expectations, conditions, and limitations?
What if the reason you’re mindful of the words you choose is because someone was careless with the words directed at you?
What if the reason you say, “I’m sorry” … “I’m proud of you” … and “I believe in you,” is because you longed to hear them growing up?
What if the reason you’re committed to a positive, nurturing home is because you experienced enough negativity to last a lifetime?
What if the reason you look into your loved ones’ eyes and listen to their words is because you ached to be heard?
What if the reason you don’t make promises you can’t keep is because the letdown still stings?
What if the reason you show up for your loved ones is because there was rarely anyone to count on?
What if the reason you are generous with loving embraces is because you never quite got enough?
What if the reason you are so determined to do things differently is because you know it can be?
The deficits in the way you were loved have the potential to become your greatest strengths.
Just because you didn’t have a present parent doesn’t mean you can’t be one.
Just because you didn’t experience a close, loving relationship doesn’t mean you can’t create one.
Just because you didn’t hear anyone own up to their mistakes or ask for forgiveness doesn’t mean you can’t.
Just because you didn’t have a good child experience doesn’t mean your child’s experience can’t be different than yours. It already is.
Just because your holidays were a time of discord and turmoil doesn’t mean they have to be this way now.
With awareness and humanness, it’s possible to create hope and healing for both the present and the past.
The daily offerings of love and presence—no matter how imperfect or small—are creating a better way.
The damaging patterns you’re overcoming—not perfectly, but whole-heartedly—are creating a better life.
Your decision to choose a more positive, loving path than the one you knew growing up will undoubtedly contain missteps and stumbles, but those are gifts too. They offer you a chance to own your humanness so your loved ones can own theirs.
Each time you say, “I’ve given it some thought, and I really wish I’d reacted differently,” your modeling a better way.
Each time you apologize for the pain you caused and make effort to do things differently, you’re offering a better life.
We can’t fix the damage that’s been done, so let’s invest in the possibilities of today—they are quite remarkable.
Use the power of the 3-second pause by saying to yourself, “Only Love Today,” in times of stress and conflict. Three seconds gives you just enough time to see your loved ones as human beings who count on you to love them, forgive them, and guide them. Three seconds is just enough time to see yourself as worthy of love, forgiveness, and guidance too.”