"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?" ~ George Eliot
I recently read a passage about a basic instinct I believe all humans have: Love for the sake of another. In our over-stimulated, ever-bustling lives, we have a basic instinct with which we interact others. This instinct transcends borders (define them as you wish - because the instinct still transcends them) and wraps its kind arms around all. Perhaps these days, as the passage I read conveyed, we're "overthinking" how to simply love one another.
The "things" (that aren't really "things") that get in the way like money, time, traffic, expectations, and pop culture (to name a few) blur our ability to see a person as a HUMAN and love. When we judge another it muddies our ability to love and share kindness. So, here's your easy out: Don't judge. When we remove the attire of self-doubt and distrust of others we so often add unconsciously to our daily wardrobe we shed blinders that hid the awesomeness and beauty of every person you will come in contact with today (and everyday thereafter). Beyond those you'll actually come in contact with, embracing your basic instinct to love also creates a ripple effect to love those who may never walk in your neck of the woods or beach or desert or mountain or block.
It's time to get back to the basics, in this case, a basic instinct you were born with. Others may have, along the way, taught you to ignore or question or doubt this instinct but you'll find it's there when you smile at another in the grocery store or laugh while watching a child play with reckless abandon or get chills when you see one stranger helping another. There's a reason why love and kindness move us in ways we stop and seem to reanalyze this world we're living in - it stops us because we all the sudden realize this world is so full of love and beauty and kindness and we wish we could take it all in. Guess what, you were born with the ability. Now all you have to do is embrace it.