An Open Heart …The Price of Love!

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Love.

The greatest thing ever, most definitely the elusive substance of creation yet also the most complicated, and at times, hardest to understand and accept. Which of course leads me to ask the question:

So … is Love free?

If one thinks about it, love comes packaged in a wide variety of ways. Little loves, big loves, first loves, affectionate loves, caring loves, people loves, animal loves, love of things, love of yourself, love of life, love ever after.

Do they all have a price tag? Or put another way, is there any love out there that comes without a price? Not really.

The price  paid for truly unconditional love is the opening of our hearts so wide that our character stretches in all directions and we are not blinded by valueless meanings. We share,  we care, we give and without expectation. We see the good in others, we forgive, we accept each other’s differences (most especially without judging or pointing fingers) and we accept the responsibility for our role in life as a partner (in good standing) to all living things.

And yet to not only love, but to be loved. Do we come prepared to pay the price?

How about long lasting love? The price for this is learning to give and take in the relationship with both partners involved in this exchange. Recognizing both shortcomings (perceived perhaps) of the other as well as the positives. Each partner gives the other partner room to grow individually as a human being while being there to share in the ups and downs, good and bad.

And what of ourselves? Is there a price to be paid for loving ourselves? Yes! Looking in the mirror of our life and accepting ourselves for who we are and the value we inherently have as our very own unique and special self!

So do we understand what Love is?

Really? Do we? Are our hearts open? Are we stretching our character and growing as a human being?  Are we embracing ourselves for who we are so we can in turn, embrace others?

I hope so ~ I really do! Because right now, in this time and place on our planet, love is needed more than ever.

With sincere affection,

~ Penny

All that I Am!

An expression in poetry regarding the Human Spirit in ALL of us!

The human spirit

All that I Am

I am as constant as clouds floating high overhead.

My concerns as deep as the oceans that ebb and flow upon our shores.

I am strong and durable, as constant as mother Earth whom I dwell upon … drawing strength from her very being which is a part of me.

I will not fail you,

But I will make mistakes,

… go a wrong direction

… go too many directions

… Be inappropriate in my actions.

And for all these I promise to rectify the wrong when possible, face my mistakes and learn so perhaps in the future these mistakes won’t reoccur.

So I ask for your understanding for all that I am not. And I ask for your blessings for all that I am – both the good and the bad.

… for I am as constant as the clouds floating high overhead. As strong and durable, constant and caring as the Mother Earth I dwell upon,

And my love for you is encompassed within

… All that I am!

human spirit II

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~ Penny L Howe, 2013

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