I wonder what would happen if
I treated everyone like I was in love
with them, whether I like them or not
and whether they respond or not and no matter
what they say or do to me and even if I see
things in them which are ugly twisted petty
cruel vain deceitful indifferent, just accept
all that and turn my attention to some small
weak tender hidden part and keep my eyes on
that until it shines like a beam of light
like a bonfire I can warm my hands by and trust
it to burn away all the waste which is not
never was my business to meddle with.
– Derek Tasker
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I wonder what the world would be like if everyone felt loved and appreciated, and reflected that inner peace through their love and appreciation of others.
In a word: better!
Totally agree 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
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It takes a courageous heart to love like this, thanks Winifred. 🙂
Thanks for this Winifred, I reblogged this wholehearted sentiment. 🙂
Thank you, Susan.
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Nice thoughts for Valentine’s Day
More love is always a good thing.
I wish to be kind enough for such unselfish and generous love. Yet I totally agree that the world would be a better place if we could live like that. With love for each other. Only love.
I like to think that taking even one or two steps in that direction is a start.
Why just fall in love with one person?
Fall in love with everybody.
This world would be a different place.
All we need is love!
Yes. Love has great power. You’d think with how good it feels to love that we would do it more readily!
Loved the post. Why can we not just all do this? How liberating. I sometimes think that if I were in my last days (some terminal disease) that I would love to be kind to the people who annoy me. As it is, I am pretty successful at avoiding them in my (not yet) terminal disease state. Wish to fix this!
Of course there is human nature, and we have all fought personally and politically and gone to war for ages. Love and War is such an old theme in history and literature. I feel that I have been out of the personal war with my husband for so long, but is the present really great stuff a result of previous battles very hard fought? I wonder if we need to respect more the tremendous struggle it is, and maybe the “war” we have to go through in order to trust and love one another?
I think the “war” aspect you mention is a metaphor for the commitment to get in there and work things out, though some couples’ wars are bloody and just result in damage as opposed to building trust and love.
No marriage will thrive without the investment of considerable energy.
And every marriage will give us plenty of opportunity to love someone who can annoy us. 🙂
Ah…what a lovely love poem for Valentine’s 🙂
Why only for Valentine’s though, it’s such a lovely poem for anyone who is in love – loved the words, and thanks for sharing it with us. Happy weekend 🙂
I agree- loving is something we can do all year long.
Thanks for sharing the link with your readers. 🙂