"Love never fails."
The conclusion of Paul's letter to the
Corinthians is an apt ending, yet it's likely many of us
would disagree with this statement.
I have seen love fail all around me, if
not first hand in my own life. I've been used, abused,
rejected, dumped - and hurt countless ways by those I
thought loved me. Although I've seen some examples where
it has succeeded, the times it has failed - sometimes
miserably so - seem to far outweigh its successes.
If I look closely however, maybe it's
not love failing; maybe what I've been calling love has
been just a good imitation. In doing things for what I thought
was love, I've often treated myself in unloving
ways. I've given up my right to be myself; trusted others
totally when they weren't worthy of it; accepted hidden
conditions in return for signs of love; and likely much
Genuine love always enhances me
and others. It always celebrates who I am, and who others
are. If I remember this, maybe then I can see why real
love doesn't fail - it always supports our specialness,
with acceptance and kindness.
Just for Today
Today, I'll remind myself that it's
very natural and human to make mistakes in my
search for love. I'll look more carefully at where my perception
of love has been failing me, and begin searching for
a truer understanding of love, and all the wonderful
mysteries it has in store for me.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be
perfectly themselves, and not twist them to fit our own
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