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Heartwings Love Notes 867 - How Do I Love Thee

Heartwings says, "There are many ways to give love as well as to receive it."

One of the more famous of the poems Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote to her Robert as they fell in love begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." It has always been a favorite of mine. I even set it to music and played it on my guitar in the days I sang in coffee houses and for parties. Truly, love can be given in many ways and all of them are special.

Valentines day is a reminder that love is a vital part of our lives. I know that as I live with love and give it, I grow happier and more content. A wise teacher once told me, "You don't have to like everyone but you must love everyone." When I first heard this I thought a lot about what it meant. How do I love everyone? Especially how do I love those that annoy, irritate or even do awful things, whether to me or to others?

In time I taught myself to do this. I learned how as I grew more aware when I wasn't loving and deliberately corrected myself, replacing criticism with unconditional love. To be sure, I continue to learn and to observe myself and my response and reactions. When I practice unconditional love, love without judgment and with compassion, even unlikeable people can be loved. I don't have to approve of them, or like how they act. I can simply open my heart and see them as another human being, however troubled or awful, and envision them surrounded in the light of love.

If I feel they ought to be punished I can say I hope they get what they deserve, without specifying. When my children were small and had been naughty, I might not have liked their behavior yet though I might punish them, I loved them all the same. Unconditional love grows from practice. When I make an effort not to judge another person regardless how I might feel about them, I can increase my ability to give that kind of love. Just as I might punish my child's bad behavior and love them still, I can give my unconditional love to anyone, and as to punishment, that's not my job. I can have faith that eventually what goes around will come around, and sooner or later, so it will.

May you discover ways to love those and that which seem unlovable in your life.

Have you found ways to do this? I so enjoy it when my readers share their stories. Your emails make my day. Also you might like to know I have a new book, Up To My Neck In Lemons, a collection of Love notes, poems and lemon recipes. You can order one from Amazon or send $15 to P. O. Box 171, North Grafton MA for your personalized copy.

I love to hear from readers and would be honored if you would comment and let me know any suggestions or thoughts. If a friend sent you this, you can sign up at my web site, www.heartwingslovenotes.com, where more love notes can be found in the archives.

Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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