i just got done reading “Love Does” by Bob Goff.
there’s no good reason for me to be critical of the book – i’ll just say that i’m sipping on the kool-aid (as opposed to drinking it outright) and i think if i’d read it when i was 18, i would have responded in crisis, thinking that it was supposed to be a prescriptive book instead of being simply descriptive.
but you learn over time to eat the meat and spit out the bones.
anyway, if you haven’t read the book, you should – it may change your mind in some good ways.
if you’re wondering what it’s about – it’s basically exactly what the title says, with the inflection on the word does.
in other words, love doesn’t sit around and think about how it could help someone. it goes and helps someone. love doesn’t sit around and think about how to solve the world’s problem. it goes out and tries to address them, one at a time, one step at a time.
the point that i’ve been unable to stop chewing on since finishing it is the idea of picking your fights – and which fights will we pick?
i’m writing not because i have an end in mind – i write today because i’m cluelessly inspired.
for a long time, the fights i’ve been picking have been over questions like “what will i do for fun? how will i spend my free time? how do i get out of debt? what am i supposed to do with my life?” in other words – a lot of self-centered causes…not selfish in its worst form, just limited in their perspective.
maybe we should pick a bigger, better, more wide-reaching fight. maybe we (i) should worry about feeding people, or making them feel welcome, or making sure they have a place to stay.