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.
In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share this very beautiful piece with you. It is beautiful on so many levels but especially because it teaches us that Love is not something that is meant to complete us. We are already perfect and complete in ourselves. True love is selfless and aware. True love gives of itself unconditionally. What we learn through this piece is that in order to give love unconditionally, one must first learn to love themselves. It is only through your love of the self that true love can be shared between two people. When we strive to make ourselves beautiful and happy inside that beautiful light shines through and projects out to the world around us attracting more of the same. Happy Valentines Day!
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