… but what exactly does that love look like? Every year we search ourselves on Valentines Day and ask ourselves if we have love? Are we loved? Who loves us? How do they show their love to us. Love comes in many forms and is expressed in many different ways but one thing is for sure, Love is what is inside of each of us. When we love someone, we think it is because we feel loved by them, it is really because we are tapping into that love in ourselves. We do not need anyone else to feel that love. It is available to us every day if we just slow down and allow ourselves to actually feel it. Real love begins with feeling the love inside. Push the heartbreak aside and remember that you have everything that you ever need to make you feel happy and loved – inside.
This is one of my favorite poems on love. I share it every year on Valentines Day. I hope you enjoy it.
by Veronica A. Shoffstall
It is only after awhile that you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean possession
and company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises and you begin to accept
your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine
burns if you get too much so you plant your
own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth…
…and you learn, you learn what it means to unconditionally love another person because you have first learned what it means to love yourself.
Real, divine love.
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