Sharing The Love
by Gina Valley
I stand alone and wait for you
You are there
Thoughts of you sustain my breath
I am because of you
You heal my soul
My spirit soars
Behind me trails of your beauty
Before me your light
Within me truth of you grows smiling
Hope flows through me
We all know that to receive love is a great gift. But, I think that often the greater gift is gained when we give love.
I’m not talking about the mushy, sweet romantic stuff we gush for our one and only, although that kind is very nice.
I’m talking about the strong, glowing, giving kind of love that reaches out to those around us. The kind that looks for those who need help. The lonely. The lost. The hungry. The sad. The weak. the misunderstood. The exhausted. The depressed. And, many more.
I’m talking about the kind of love that sees a need and makes it its business to not only fill it, but to also preserve the dignity of every individual it has the privilege of serving.
It really is a privilege to demonstrate love to those around us. It’s an honor to love those who need it, especially those who don’t seem to deserve it or even want it.
And, it’s something anyone can do in their own way. In fact, it’s best if we all demonstrate love for the people around us in our own way.
A listening ear. A concerned query. A box of food. A ride to the doctor. A warm smile. A mowed lawn.
There are as many different types of love needed as there are people.
I thankful I’m Loved.
I realized this week that in my harried life I have let my sensitivity to the needs of the people around me drop a bit. I’ve been so busy rushing that I’ve missed opportunities to even assess the needs of others, much less meet them.
I’m scheduling in some margin to allow for love, to allow real life to seep in, to truly absorb it, so that I can demonstrate it to others. I must plan time to turn what sometimes feel like interruptions into opportunities to show caring.
Love is an action, and action takes time.
I want to get back to giving that gift.
After all, if I don’t have time to show the love I’ve been shown to the people around me, what’s the point in me being here at all?
How are you showing love this week? Has someone demonstrated love to you in a special way? Do you have a need? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
Some guys I know (and some I don’t) are hitting on an important topic of late: Depression. I’ve put links to their posts, and two of mine, below.
If you or someone you know might me suffering from depression, check out the posts, and their links for resources to help.
Get help. Give help. Don’t give in to depression.
Krazy Dad Memoir – Do Not Go Into That Good Night
Dad of Divas – The Time Is Now To Ask For Help
Clark Kent’s Lunchbox- Dump Truck Full of Dead Babies
Canadian Dad – The Day the Darkness Crept In
Dads Who Change Diapers – When the World Goes Numb
Dad’s a Lawyer – Words From the Wife
The Daddy Files – Come Back to Me
Dads Round Table – Strategies to Fight Depression
Be a Little Weird — Recognizing Depression in Men for What It Really Is
Gina Valley — Seriously Today – Are You Seeing Black?
Gina Valley — I Had Another One – Seriously Today