Recalibrating the universe – restore the balance by doing something good for someone else. Don’t let the cruel make you unkind, and don’t let the unkind make you cruel, rather take the bad and feed it with all the love and kindness.
Johannesburg, South Africa (16 March 2021) – I recently watched Modern Love and found myself falling in love with love again… not that I fell out of love with love, but it was like a really beautiful reminder. And the entire thing just feels like one big long warm hug.
The Amazon Prime series is based on real-life stories published in the New York Times column that has been running for 16 years! It explores love in its multitude of forms – from romantic, to platonic, sexual and self, which are presented in eight half-hour episodes. It is absolutely beautiful.
Season 1 stars a different set of actors in each episode, from Anne Hathaway to Tina Fay, Dev Patel and even Ed Sheeran but the stories somehow all connect, and that connection is love!
In one specific scene, a woman meets a man who has just been ghosted on a date and says to him that her mother used to tell her that whenever anything bad happens, we should try and recalibrate the universe with its opposite. Like, if somebody cuts you off in traffic, then you should be extra generous with the next person who is trying to change lanes. Or if somebody steals your wallet, then you need to go make a donation to charity. She then points out how crappy it is to be stood up and that maybe to recalibrate the universe, he should go on a date with her.
Smooth – you should all remember that pick-up line, but the actual message still really hit home for me.
When we are faced with unkindness, negativity and toxic people or situations, then it is our duty to recalibrate the universe with the opposite, but that action of good-will doesn’t need to be directed at the people or things that have wronged you. People can only meet you as far as they have met themselves, and some people still have a very long road to go… so our job is to let them go. And then make the journey easier for someone else.
Restore the balance by doing something good for someone else. Don’t let the cruel make you unkind, and don’t let the unkind make you cruel, rather take the bad and feed it with all the love and kindness.
Leave people, places and situations better than you found them. That’s how we recalibrate the universe.