If You Would Be Loved, Love and Be Lovable...
We all desire to be loved.
Our common human characteristic
is our need to count in someone else's life.
At least one other person needs us, we tell ourselves,
when we feel able to accept life's demands.
How alike we all are. The paradox is that our own
need for love is lessened when we bestow it on others.
Give it away and it returns. A promise, one we can trust.
The reality about love and its path from sender to receiver
and back again is often distant from our minds.
More often we stew and become obsessed
with the lack of love's evidence in our lives.
Why isn't he smiling? Why didn't she care?
Has someone more interesting taken our place?
Choosing to offer love, rather than look for it,
will influence every experience we have.
Life will feel gentler, and the rewards
will be many and far reaching.
Loving others promises me the love I desire.
But I can't expect it if I don't give it first.