A Journey into Choosing Love – Even When It’s Really Hard To
The man in this photo is Johnny.
Johnny is a recovering white supremacist, covered with 33-swastika tattoos, and marked by a checkered and violent past.
He’s also a man who has been desperately trying to leave his past behind him, become a productive member of society, and love.
Johnny approached me on the street two days after the protests and counter protests in Charlottesville, VA in 2017.
Johnny didn’t know, when he approached me that day, that the mission statement for my company is “to heal the hearts and minds of people everywhere and teach the world to love.”
He didn’t know that I am a spiritual teacher — and that my purpose as founder and CEO of Teaching the World to Love™ is to live an aligned life — healing myself, healing others and sharing a deep and transformative kind of love with everyone I meet.
He. Had. No. Clue.
But, it appears God had a plan.
Truth is, God always has a plan; we just need to be awake enough to realize His plan when it reveals itself.
And it appears God’s plan included a journey of healing for us both.
— a journey into the depths of forgiveness, gratitude, and choosing love – even when it’s really hard to.
Below are a few videos we hope will inspire you. On the last video I tell the story of what happened on the day Johnny approached me on the street — and I knew, in an instant, that I was not only being shown symbols of hate but I was also being shown my own capacity to love.
Here’s to the journey of healing, forgiveness, redemption, love . . .
. . . and healing the divides within and among us all.
Each one, teach one. Each one, lead one. As we heal ourselves, we heal one another.
You can find out more information about The I Choose Love Project below and by going to ichooseloveproject.org.
Johnny was the inspiration behind this project and his presence in my life has helped me prove a very simple, and yet complex, hypothesis: If we just love then all that’s left is love. And love, will always overpower darkness.
Go love, my friends. And don’t just love the people who are easy to love. Love the ones who are hard to love for that’s the kind of powerful, redeeming, compassionate love that will change the world.
Go love and know you are loved — beyond measure and without compromise.
Deeply in love with love,
P.S. Click here to read the blog posts I wrote shortly after Johnny and I first met. You can also watch part of the video series we did where Johnny explains why he attached to hate to begin with.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ninety-five percent (95%) of the American population wants to live in a loving and tolerant world.
Yet, nine in 10 Americans believe that our country is too divided and apart.
How can this be? If the overwhelming majority has a common desire, why is it not a fact of life?
At The I Choose Love Project, we will walk the streets of America to uncover just that. We will pull together the resources of many to create a documentary collage of stories told from people just like you — people who desire to live in a loving, tolerant and peaceful world but feel powerless and helpless as to how to.
We will explore this sense of helplessness, we will probe the sources of these frustrations, and we will give rise to the power of the human spirit as we learn to choose love, even when it’s really hard to.
Watch this inspirational trailer to learn more.
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Before you think you’re powerless to help, listen to The I Choose Love Project creator, Christina Renée Joubert, talk about how a chance encounter with a man covered with 33 swastika tattoos (Johnny!) inspired The I Choose Love Project and how that encounter taught her about her own capacity to love.
There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.
If you ever think you’re too small to make a difference, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.