My spirit and my soul are drawn to the word agape -- unconditional love. With some serious health challenges over the past couple years I have found myself reflecting a lot on life, on what my purpose on life is, what matters to me ... ironically, I believe that my health challenges are a blessing. Yes, i'm only 46 years old and on top of other health issues I have recently been told I have a rare heart disease; a degenerative heart disease with a not so good prognosis. My therapist asked me 'So how am I dealing with it? How am I feeling about it? Where am I carrying or holding all the emotions?' I strive, on a daily basis, to find and experience peace. For me peace arrives when I can not only love myself, but love others, without condition, without expectation, without strings attached. Truth is, I find peace when I surrender to God, to my Higher Power, to the Divine Being and energy.
I pray that I can simply live my life in loving service. I am grateful for the many loving souls who have crossed my path and who walk this journey with me as I listen to the calling in my heart to make this world a better place for the animals. I cherish the many forms of love that I receive.
The following poem speaks deeply to me and is such a beautiful reminder to me of how I want to live my life.
Love without condition
by Sandy Stevenson
I love you as you are, as you seek to find your own special way to relate to the world. I honour your choices to learn in the way you feel is right for you.
I know it is important that you are the person you want to be and not someone that I or others think you 'should' be. I realise that I cannot know what is best for you, although perhaps sometimes I think I do. I have not been where you have been, viewing life from the angle you have. I do not know what you have chosen to learn, how you have chosen to learn it, with whom or in what time period. I have not walked life looking through your eyes, so how can I know what you need.
I allow you to be in the world without a thought or word of judgement from me about the deeds you undertake. I see no error in the things you say and do. In this place where I am, I see that there are many ways to perceive and experience the different facets of our world. I allow without reservation the choices you make in each moment. I make no judgement of this, for if I would deny your right to your evolution, then I would deny that right for myself and all others.
To those who would choose a way I cannot walk, whilst I may not choose to add my power and my energy to this way, I will never deny you the gift of love that God has bestowed within me, for all creation. As I love you, so I shall be loved. As I sow, so shall I reap.
I allow you the universal right of free will to walk your own path, creating steps or to sit awhile if that is what is right for you. I will make no judgement that these steps are large or small, nor light or heavy or that they lead up or down, for this is just my viewpoint. I may see you do nothing and judge it to be unworthy and yet it may be that you bring great healing as you stand blessed by the Light of God. I cannot always see the higher picture of Divine order.
For it is the inalienable right of all life to choose their own evolution and with great love I acknowledge your right to determine your future. In humility I bow to the realisation that the way I see as best for me does not have to mean it is also right for you. I know that you are led as I am, following the inner excitement to know your own path.
I know that the many races, religions, customs, nationalities and beliefs within our world, bring us great richness and allow us the benefit and teachings of such diverseness. I know we each learn in our own unique way in order to bring that love and wisdom back to the whole. I know that if there were only one way to do something, there would need only be one person.
I will not only love you if you behave in a way I think you should or believe in those things I believe in. I understand you are truly my brother and my sister, though you may have been born in a different place and believe in another God than I.
The love I feel is for all of God's world. I know that every living thing is a part of God and I feel a love deep within for every person, animal, tree and flower, every bird, insect, river and ocean and for all the creatures in all the world.
I live my life in loving service, being the best me I can, becoming wiser in the perfection of Divine truth, becoming happier in the joy of
|Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue -|
this woman exemplifies what unconditional love is
as she continues to work tirelessly for
abandoned, abused and neglected animals.