Love With Your Whole Heart

A series of letters from a mother to her daughters. The last letter: Dealing With Pain and Suffering 

Letter Seven

loving with all your heart

My Dearest Daughters,

To love with all your heart is to live life to the fullest.

To love with all your heart has little to do with you.

To love with all your heart is life-giving, and sacrificial by its very nature.

To love with all your heart is misunderstood with one’s personal happiness and confused with falling in love.

To love with all your heart is to be vulnerable, open and willing to let go of personal gain.

To love with all of your heart is something one learns along the path of life and not something one falls into. It is purposeful and fully engaging.

To love with all of your heart is a gift, not just to the receiver. Indeed perhaps more to the giver.

To love with all of your heart leaves a legacy.

To love with all your heart stands apart from everything.

To love with all of your heart is something I have discovered by being your mother.

Have you ever seen the movie Becoming Jane, my dearest daughters? I just watched it again the other night. It’s a rare thing to give up one’s own “happiness” in the best interest of others. Perhaps it is a rare occasion that one is called upon to do so. “Falling in love” seems to be the goal of most humans. Who came up with this “falling” thing?

Falling in love and happiness seem to have some correlation. I dare say it would if it were to be true. Loving others and finding joy in all circumstances is perhaps the better path to take.

These things do not depend upon others.

We can choose to do them no matter what situation we find ourselves in,

Give much thought to these things, my dearest daughters.

Love,

Mother

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