Would that life's experiences were all as gentle as the bath these babies receive from the woman in this Paris hospital. It reminds me that we all deserve kindness and gentleness from others, and that we deserve to treat ourselves with self-compassion. Every person is unique and special, especially to our Heavenly Father!
Oh, that every baby could start life being mothered, bathed and cared for in the same way as the babies in this video. Come to think of it, we all need to be nurtured and offer nurture no matter how old we are.
Since life is not always this gentle we MUST learn to care for and nurture our own self and those around us with love, tenderness and respect. If we don't, something within us shrinks and hardens. Wouldn't the world, wouldn't WE, feel full of more light, peace and joy if we learned to treat ourselves kindly and send that same kindness to the people around us?
We all came into this world deserving of every good thing, and so did those around us. Nothing has changed in that regard. God is not a respecter of persons. He wants the best for every one of his children. Regardless of what we have done or what has been done to us since birth, we deserve to be loved and we need to give love; love is the single most healing verb we could give or receive.
Imagine the hope that our Heavenly Father has and feels for us. I believe God wants us to have the experience of being filled with light and joy. I believe He is pleased when we thank him for giving us life and for giving us mortal experiences (even if some of them are difficult). I believe He wants us to use the gift he gave us to change: the ability to become the fullest measure of our creation; of who we are meant to be. I believe he hopes we will take the opportunity and make the effort to learn to see others and see ourselves with the same love and compassion He has for us.
We can all change. We can cultivate the gift to nurture, whether we offer it to a plant or a person or our own remarkable selves. Something literally changes in our heart when we offer and receive love.