This song has been a regular tune in our home so far this year. To be seen, to be known, to be loved and to always have a place to call home – some of the gifts to my son and his friends as they grow up in our community of friends. He and his friends will experience both joys and sorrows here. They will make ridiculously impulsive mistakes, cause us worry and frustration, and they will light up our lives with their creativity and amaze us with their unbelievable talents. May we remember the latter when they do the former. May we protect them and keep them safe even as we guide them and allow them room to grow.
A life of abiding love, deep peace, tangible happiness and absolute acceptance is not found in the oft sought-after fictional “unconditional love,” but rather the deeper “undoubted love.” The kind of love where friendship and gratitude, mutual values and loyalty are the cornerstones. To love and be loved, actively, daily, undoubtedly, is the seed, the roots, the stem, the bud, the blossom and the flower of true love.
On this day when love – the longing for it, the presence of it, the loss of it – is at the fore of many a person’s mind, it may be helpful to consider David Whyte’s suggestion that, “There is no path of love without having our hearts broken along the way, either through another’s agency or by arranging it so fastidiously for ourselves….and that the heartbreak is …an inescapable and often beautiful question,… asking us to be ready for the last letting go.”
HEARTBREAKis unpreventable; the natural outcome of caring for people and things over which we have no control, of…
Be gentle with those you love,
and those you are called to love,
and all ways.
On Valentine’s Day and everyday <3
Dance. Rise. Break the Chain
and put an end to domestic violence, violence against women and all gender violence. It is time for a social and spiritual change that will create peace on our Earth!
Orion is having a Karaoke/Dance Party this Friday as soon as school gets out for Winter Break. Friends welcome to join #LifeOnLancey