I asked my Dad to send me his favorite love poem and he sent this.

If there were a poem that best described the heart of LoveHard, this might very well be it.

The True Love

by David Whyte

There’s a faith in loving fiercely the one who is rightfully yours, especially if you have waited years and especially if part of you never believed you could deserve this loved and beckoning hand held out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now and the testaments of loneliness and what we feel we are worthy of in this world.

Years ago in the Hebrides I remember an old man who would walk every morning on the gray stones to the shore of baying seals, who would press his hat to his chest in the blustering salt wind and say his prayer to the turbulent Jesus hidden in the waters.

And I think of the story of the storm and the people waking and seeing the distant, yet familiar figure, far across the water calling to them. And how we are all preparing for that abrupt waking and that calling and that moment when we have to say yes!

Except it will not come so grandly, so biblically, but more subtly, and intimately in the face of the one you know you have to love.

So that when we finally step out of the boat toward them we find, everything holds us, and everything confirms our courage.

And if you wanted to drown, you could, But you don’t, because finally, after all this struggle and all these years, you don’t want to anymore. You’ve simply had enough of drowning and you want to live, and you want to love.

And you’ll walk across any territory, and any darkness, however fluid, and however dangerous to take the one hand and the one life, you know belongs in yours.

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For those who feel love might never happen for them… let go of that fear. It doesn’t serve you. If the love you want is yet to be in your life, know it is on its way. In the interim, practice loving yourself the way you wish to be loved. Set your bar higher. Your bandwidth of self love directly translates to the love you are able to receive. Make it grand, so that when that love does arrive, you will do it justice. It will be a love deserving of your heart and you’re gratitude for it will expand it. You’ll show your courage by being able to love fiercely because you’ve been doing so for yourself. You will have proclaimed your heart’s worth. Be patient for that love. It’s on its way and it always arrives right on time…

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