WHY does some love between two people endure a lifetime, while others are destined only for a while? Then, the two lovers are separated, either by choice or by faith?
Love — the blossom and fragrance of all human feelings, thoughts, passion and longing — inspires patience of the heart, strength of mind and never leaves without transforming us at the very depth of our being, challenged and blessed alike, in unique ways, but never left alone.
On Valentine’s Day, we pay tribute to love’s ability to endure beyond years, beyond difficulty, beyond distance and even death. Love is the most precious gift to us, in the way it opens the heart, uplifts the mind, and inspires the spirit. The sweet companion in our heart’s journey through life’s complexities. However, what defines our intimate relationships? What signs should we look for to discover how love is revealing itself…with what insights or eloquence?
We’ll be told love reveals itself in the unmatched level of understanding and friendship with the beloved and no one else. Sometimes in what is said, and sometimes, what is not said but only deeply felt, or maybe in the obstacles lovers must face together. Sometimes it is in the joy we feel in what where the relationship takes us inside ourselves. Places we would never go willingly, but for love, we will do anything. When to hold on more tightly, and when to let go…that which teach us to be compassionate, caring and forgiving…and develops virtues such as courage, patience, loyalty and trust.
Love takes us into every season and mood, and every color of emotion: from its well beginnings to the challenging and deepening intimacy. Even moments of grief when we are forced to say goodbye to a soulmate, to that utterly sublime moments of astonishment when we rediscover a love we thought we lost. And somehow in each journey of love course ground, you’ll have known one love greater than anything else. The commitment to loving one another fully, completely, as deeply as we know for as long as we can. It’s not a commitment that has been declared to others, or perhaps even out loud between ourselves; neither it is symbolized by a diamond or even a simple bond of gold. It’s not defined by time or even the space in which we live apart or together.
Instead, it is a living commitment, reaffirmed each time we reach out to one another in pure joy. It is each time we tell the truth that one of us share a newly uncovered insight or emotion. It is continually sharing, revealed in each new level of trust, in each new layer of vulnerability, each new depth of love.
Love that is the friendship continuously rediscovered as each day we reach to who we really are and how much love our hearts are capable of giving.
It is a commitment that is the true marriage of spirit. Whose ceremony of union is found in each and every moment we love one another, whose anniversary is found in each and everyday in which love grows.
I thought about the adventure our minds go on together, exploring ideas and concepts, understanding our past, glimpsing our future, about our trust, our respect and our hunger for life and learning.
Gentle readers, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
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