How many times has love, someone’s offering of themselves or a surprising opportunity shown up for you, but you didn’t recognize it because it was not in the package you envisioned; not on the right day, in the right time; You were busy; you weren’t ready? Where did the love go? What happened to it?
Love waits. It goes away but checks back, again and again. Love knocks gently, it won’t force its’ way. Maybe when constantly rejected, love dims until it diminishes and then it leaves, searching for an open heart that’s not too busy or too important, too closed or too scared.
The more I experience love—the giving and receiving—the more I see that love requires bravery. It feels life threatening to offer genuine, open-hearted anything and have its reception be less than loved in return. But, the more my heart is bruised, broken, broken open, if I stay with the agonizing pain past the initial instinct to hide, lash out, quit, the more love rises up!
Catching love when it is offered requires that all systems be on alert. Giving it without expectation of a return? The hardest work you’ll ever do.
This is hard! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8GlfkXQam4 (I think this is hilarious!)
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