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Haiku You

Wrap you in my love

Laughter, the best medicine

I sleep in your dreams

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Things that move me

Since my posts have been pretty heavy lately, I thought I would write a lighter one.

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When I was driving yesterday, I saw a billboard that said something like, “what are the things that move you” or something to that effect. I think it was an ad for a bank or something. Anyway, the advertising obviously worked, since I’m still thinking about it. Ever since I saw that billboard I’ve been pondering what the things are that move me, and thought I would share them on here.

I know that I have quite a few readers from other countries, and whose primary language is not English. So I want to explain this expression for them, since a literal interpretation wouldn’t make much sense. If something “moves you”, it means that it is very meaningful to you; that it touches your heart; that it shifts, or alters, or “moves” something deep inside you; that just by seeing, or witnessing, or thinking about, or knowing this thing, that you are changed as a result – even if the change is temporary, or even just momentary.

Things that move me:

  • Stories of survival, against all odds
  • Stories of victory and triumph in the face of adversity
  • When humans reach out to help others, especially when it is difficult, inconvenient, or dangerous to do so – for example, I once saw a car pull over under a freeway overpass on a rainy day. A woman, the driver, jumped out the car and ran over to a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk, and handed him her umbrella. Jumped back in her car and drove away. The event took all of ten seconds, but it’s a scene that will live on in my mind forever.
  • When people stand up to discrimination and/or repression
  • Love in unlikely places – for example when you see/read stories about two animals who become bonded, like a cat and a bird, that you wouldn’t expect
  • Examples of compassion and generosity
  • Beauty in nature – spectacular mountains, gorgeous sunsets, intricate flowers, patterns of a butterfly’s wings
  • The vulnerability of frailty and the strength of vulnerability
  • Genuinely happy children or animals
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    What about you? What moves you?

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    She is loved

    The one who loves her

    Speaks kind words through her actions

    She knows she is loved

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    Real love

    I like to use the expression real love versus true love. I think true love connotes “one and only true love” or soul mate. I don’t believe that there is just one person out there who you are destined to be with. I do, however, believe in real love – that you can find a partner who compliments you, affirms you, supports you, wants only the best for you, and gives you their entire heart. I feel so very fortunate that I have found, in my life, real love in the form of my beautiful partner.

    The love that I receive from this amazing person holds me up. It nourishes me and heals me. It gives me encouragement to keep going and a soft place in which I can always find comfort. It provides me the assurance that I can succeed with her by my side.

    As some as you may know from reading my previous posts, last night we celebrated our five year anniversary. Five years. My longest relationship by far. And for the first time I think ever, I can be rest assured knowing that this person will never leave my side. I’ve never had that sense of security in any relationship, not even close. And it feels better than I could have possibly imagined.

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    “Love Endures” – Had to share!!

    This makes me overwhelmingly happy.

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    The love of a partner

    Tonight I am in awe of the love I receive from my partner. It grounds me. It stabilizes me. It strengthens me. It heals me.

    To think that someone could love me so much, can see only my strengths, who wants only the best for me, who loves me with everything she has and with everything that she is. I am in awe. And I am tremendously lucky.

    What would I do without her? She is the love of my life. She loves me through thick and thin. She supports me. She is there when no one else is. She is my best friend. I am very, very blessed.

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    Little Guy

    As I go through this process of healing from a recent loss, I am trying to focus on the things that I enjoy, the things that make me happy, and the things that are going well in my life. Including the friendships and relationships that are going well. One relationship I want to talk about in this post is the little guy I take care of for my job. On here I’m just going to refer to him as “Little Guy.”

    Little Guy is amazing. He’s incredibly smart and inquisitive. He is constantly learning new things and soaking up all the world has to offer.

    My relationship with him went through a difficult phase. He was very fussy for a number or months, and would alternate between being happy one second to unbearably unhappy and screeching the next, for seemingly no apparent reason. It distressed me quite a bit, and was actually quite triggering and anxiety provoking.

    However, he has come out of that phase (thankfully), and I feel like the connection between him and I has gotten even deeper as a result. We enjoy each others company a lot. He makes me laugh, and I him. We like to make faces at each other. He is simply a joy to be around.

    Some of his favorite things: bubbles, going for walks, swinging on the swings, dogs, balloons, trees, musical instruments, his cats, climbing, and books. Oh and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches :).

    I am very lucky, and very grateful, to have the job that I do. That I get to spend all day, every day, with Little Guy… I honestly can’t imagine anything I’d prefer. He’s grown so attached to me that now he even starts to cry when I have to leave at the end of the day. He doesn’t want me to leave…

    I do realize however that one person (or child in this case) cannot fill the hole that is created by the loss of another. However much I enjoy and appreciate Little Guy, I also cannot try to use him to fill the void that was left by this friendship. For that, I simply must allow myself to sit with the sadness. But even while sitting with the sadness, I can still focus on the people who are in my life right now, right in front of me. They provide me strength, resilience, and ultimately healing.

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