Love With Grace™: Challenge

by | Dec 5, 2022 | Love | 0 comments

“The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.” ~ Carly Fiorina

Challenge Me…

Love must be challenging or it isn’t worth the effort.

No, it does not need to be a relationship where you must don your special magic suit in order to survive the rigors of one more day on earth—or snag the woman of your dreams from the video games you love to play so you can lead the charge into your destiny.

Or have to tame tigers to find true and lasting happiness!

But if Pat Benatar is right, “Love is a Battlefield” and if you want to love and be loved again, you better well suit up to do at least a little fun-fighting!

We are strong… No one can tell us we’re wrong… Searching our hearts for so long…
Both of us knowing… Love is a battlefield…
I can’t tell you why… But I’m trapped by your love… And I’m chained to your side…
Love is a battlefield

A long time ago a friend and I were arguing about relationships that started out with promise but quickly went bad.

You know, messy love affairs that just fizzled out or went out with a bang!

Usually with lots of heartbreak and tears. Or, “thank God THAT’S over!”

There is no question that love/hate relationships go out like flashbangs where the flash stuns you and the bang drops you to the floor.

But, is the opposite of love really hate?

No, both words inspire passion and evoke similar temptatious emotions.

The opposite of love, and I have learned this from experience, is indifference.

Think about it. Who or what have you ever loved with all your heart and soul that you felt indifferent about?

Love done right will be challenging. Love at its best will challenge you to passionately live up to your full potential… to become everything you are meant to be. The last thing you will feel when in love is indifference. If you are in a relationship of any kind where indifference rules, get out before it sucks your soul dry!

You cannot be challenged and indifferent at the same time.

You are either committed or indifferent.

You are either passionate or indifferent.

Personally, the woman of my dreams is VERY challenging. If I need to tame tigers or shake my magic stick at the wailing demons, so be it.

I expect to do battle with the world, but not with her.

I expect her to defend me as I expect to defend and protect her.

I not only want the challenges ahead, I expect them.

Bring it,
Eric Richard Haas


Grace Note: When I pray my heart becomes soft and mushy. But maybe I need to pray a more realistic prayer and ask God to grow me up to the ever-bigger challenges I know are just ahead. Do you pray for peace or greater challenges?

Love With Grace™: New Beginnings are musings to help me think through the next stage of my life that I expect to be filled with adventure and wonder!

Written by HunrayOne

Eric Richard Haas lost his beautiful wife, Janice, to incurable cancer on January 9, 2022, after 30 wonderful years of marriage. Together they have 5 kids, 9 grandkids, and 8 great-grandkids. Eric (E.R) is the CEO of the TQ Smart family of companies, a serial entrepreneur x22 and author x27 (AKA The Invisible Billionaire) E. R. lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beautiful cat, Kissie



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