Love. It’s what we all want. It’s what we all need. I urge you – dare to love. It’s not hard to do – the act of loving is hard-wired into us. All we need to do is be brave enough to open our hearts…
Love is the greatest feeling in the world. Love is intoxicating, love is all-consuming, love is the greatest fuel for creativity and acts of kindness and compassion known to mankind. Love lights us up and lifts us up, and brings out the very best in us. When we know love there is a strengthening inside us, a softening inside us, an opportunity to grow into more than we have ever been. We can thrive under the harshest of conditions. We can bloom on barren ground.
Love can be so wonderful, but it can also bring about the worst feelings in the world. That doesn’t matter. Choose love anyway.
People often forget, when they think about love, what real love entails.
Love hurts. In good ways and bad ways. But it still hurts. Real love endures. And anything that endures will know many seasons.
We can know so much love and expansion that our heart aches, and our face hurts from perpetually smiling.
We can feel sadness or loneliness if there begins to be a drift apart; whether that is the nature of the time in our lives, or a fork in the road. Many times the roads join up again, and we come back together refreshed and understanding more about ourselves, each other, and life. The difficulties strengthen and deepen our love.
Sometimes love leaves us in the most terrible of places. Cracked open and bleeding, hurting til we almost cannot see through the tears, or breathe through the pain. We get to a place where we don’t know how we’ll go on…
And even in the presence of more pain, all caused by love, we do, eventually find our way from grief and despair…
…back to a place of hope, and renewal, and we find that our hearts have expanded, even with their scars and holes and hurts.
We find that loving creates the capacity to love more.
Dare to love. Dare to reach out. Let loving define you. Live from your heart in the most reckless and carefree of ways. Despite the risk. Despite the inevitability of pain. Nothing will ever fill you up, or open you up, or give you more joy and satisfaction than love.
♥ Love is worth it. You are worth it. Choose love. ♥
Let your love for self, others and life illuminate our world.