Let’s face it, some people are just hard to love. I’d venture to guess that when you read that first sentence two to three faces flashed across your mind. We all have people in our lives like this. People who make us question our ability to offer compassion, grace, acceptance, and genuine love.
I’ve been taught since childhood you MUST love one another. Love no matter what. You have to love or you won’t be loved. That’s a helluva deal, isn’t it?
Ugh! But… what if I just don’t like you? What if the other person is a complete asshole? I mean like great big, on steroids, major asshat. What then?
I’m not a “fake it till you make it” kind of person. If I’m being completely honest, I’d have to say I’m not going to be able to conjure up much love for someone I just don’t like. I might feel sorry for that person, or a situation they’re facing, a struggle they may be having to endure, but love them…?
I fight this dichotomy on a fairly regular basis. Religious requirements vs. human emotion and understanding. There are a handful of people who regularly pass through my life that I try (Yes I do. Shut up!), I really try to find something to like, but alas…..
Okay fine! Here’s some love for you and here’s some love for you and here’s some love for you… everyone gets some freakin’ love! Okay?! (But, I still don’t like you).