Eggemoggin Reach, Deer Isle, Maine. Trover.com has the photo
Up early for the day, older daughter and family arrive later to spend the night before a early morning flight to Alaska.
How easily we mistake attention for love. Even more easily, we trick ourselves into thinking our ability to control someone signifies love—especially theirs for us. But love is something far different from either attention or control. Far different.
Love frees others from our grasp—and lets them return on their own. Love is placing an other's personal needs above our own, without regret. Love is selfless, yet it exhilarates the self. Giving love softens our edges, completes us, and connects us to the people with whom we are fulfilling our destinies.
Wanting love is a normal human desire, not one we should deny. And we shall receive love, the less our emphasis is on getting it, the more on giving it. We invite love when we freely and honestly give it. Another invitation for love comes from loving ourselves; self-hatred, which trapped many of us for years, hampers us no longer. Love inspires ourselves and those we give it to. It brightens our way, lessens our burdens, makes possible our rightful unfolding.
From the Book: Each Day a New Beginning .....
“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”
― Mark Twain