Take a Moment Tonight

It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you’ve screwed up, or how many jerks you’ve met.  I am willing to bet that somewhere, there are people who love you.  Lots of people.  People who have gone to bat for you, who care about you (although they may or may not have said so), people whose lives you have touched without even knowing it. 

More powerful than counting your blessings–especially more powerful than counting your possessions, it is important to spend some time everyday remembering and thinking of those who love you.  Love is an action.  It is a gift we choose to give, with no strings attached. 

So accept the gift already! 

Allow yourself to feel the love you’ve been given.  Allow it to make you strong, to make you whole.  Then, think of those who have given it to you.  Pray for them, and wish them the best. 

Understanding how much you are loved, will allow you to see the world through love-colored glasses.  You will see more people in need, more ways to show love, than you ever realized were possible.

The best poem I’ve ever found about unconditional love (a redundant phrase–love is always unconditional) is actually from a children’s book. It’s written as from a parent to a child, but I’ve found that it really applies to all relationships and friendships:

Wherever You Go, My Love Will Follow

I wanted you more
than you ever will know
so I sent love to follow
wherever you go.
 
It’s high as you wish it. It’s quick as an elf.
You’ll never outgrow it…it stretches itself!
 
So climb any mountain…
climb up to the sky!
My love will find you.
My love can fly!
 
Make a big splash!  Go out on a limb!
My love will find you.  My love can swim!
 
It never gets lost, never fades, never ends…
 
if you’re working…
 
or playing…
 
or sitting with friends.
 
You can dance ’til you’re dizzy…
 
paint ’til you’re blue…
 
There’s no place, not one, 
that my love can’t find you.
 
And if someday you’re lonely, 
or someday you’re sad, 
or you strike out at baseball, 
or think you’ve been bad…
 
just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair.
That’s me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.
 
In the green of the grass…in the smell of the sea…
in the clouds floating by…at the top of a tree…
in the sound crickets make at the end of the day…
 
“You are loved.  You are loved.  You are loved,” they all say.
 
My love is so high, and so wide and 
so deep, it’s always right there, even 
when you’re asleep.
 
So hold your head high
and don’t be afraid
to march to the front
of your own parade.
 
If you’re still my small babe
or you’re all the way grown,
my promise to you
is you’re never alone.  
 
You are my angel, my darling, 
my star…and my love will find you, 
wherever you are.
 
You are loved.  
 
–Nancy Tillman

 

Tonight, remember that you are loved.

 
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P.S.  Check out my guest post on The Simple Year.  Thank you, Kerry, for featuring my piece!

5 thoughts on “Take a Moment Tonight

  1. What a lovely poem. I had to stop for a moment and think about your comment that love is always unconditional, I think for me that is true, but for others who were close to me and even raised me I know they cared for me but their acceptance was conditional on my being the person they wanted to be. So true love should be unconditional, but some people can love and be controlling and manipulative when they didn’t learn about teal love

    • Acceptance and approval aren’t love. It’s taken me 34 years to learn that lesson. (And, it’s not because my family taught me otherwise–I was definitely loved!)

      • It’s a hard distinction to make, especially when we confuse our love and their acceptance as the same thing.

  2. I love the poem, it’s definitely going to be something I share with the kiddos. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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