To journey through the world and live with love as we go is a devotion, and nothing less. Here’s a poem about loving like we are breathing, written with intention because it is something the world needs, something we all need.
“This is not an easy time in which to live. That does not mean that it has to be a difficult time to love…” — Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension
This poem is not not about the relationships we share with a significant other or others, it’s simply about the way we want to live our lives.
This poem is in devotion to how I want to live my life—I want to live with love. Though that may sound simple, and it may very well be, it’s a decision that encompasses everything: every relationship, interaction, and action.
A decision that overlooks and penetrates all other decisions is one that requires a lifetime of devotion. It could be a simple decision in theory, but a lifelong trial on the ego.
For me, I want to feel as though love is the underlying energy that flows through every single step I take. I want love to be the current carrying me through the times I’m not sure I can survive on my own.
I want to feel my life while I live it.
A loving perception isn’t restricted to relationships with other people. Taking the lighter path seriously, it would guide our relationship with the earth and its seasons, the projects on our calendar, the food that we eat, and the conversations we have in our own heads.Living with love at the forefront of our minds and hearts would perform alchemy in all corners of the world. tell the world
I don’t think we need to live without struggles to live with love. I am sure we don’t need to give up on the world so that we can be more loving: we can be more loving because we live in a world that needs a stronger presence of love.
If we nourish our bodies from a place of love, even aches and ailments can be opportunities to love deeper, and still.
If we cultivate a greater reverence for life’s mysteries, we might see hardship as a chance to become more forgiving, compassionate, and tolerant of others—and ourselves.
I’ve tried living with love as both the means and the end, and it felt like everything, inside and out, was stripped bare of fear—the kind of fear that keeps you from speaking your truth, or letting go of the small stuff, or trusting the process, or forgiving someone that hurt you, or being kind to yourself because it feels natural.
Stripped of “shoulds” and comparison, worries and regrets, life really opens up.Perceived as the means AND the end, love becomes the bedrock of a life well lived. inspire someone
To live a more intentional life that’s in tune with the abundant nature of the universe—and to not get so overwhelmed with “not having enough” or doing enough of this or that—is the basis of a new outlook I’m crafting right now.
I’m actually sitting down and mapping out how I can live with love, honestly and in practical terms, and this poem is born of that decision.
I hope you’re inspired to craft a more rich and loving world for yourself too.
To Live with Love
Doesn’t it amaze you, too,
How one person can love so much
That you can’t help but
Love in the same language
As they do?
This is what I crave to do:
Love beyond boundaries
And create like love is all that is true.
I want to rise to the occasion
With love still in my sight.
I want to fall asleep with
Love on my lips.
Nothing can take away my light then,
And if the night comes heavy,
I’ll have stars to give.
Without love, I sleep.
With love, I awaken.
Nothing could be taken from me then,
And even loss would lead to
Some kind of road worth traveling.
Even sadness would breed beauty
And beauty would not be so limited,
Not merely based on the opinions I keep.
Every storm would birth anticipation,
The kind that keeps me awake.
Yes, I do think
That love would be the well
From which I would like to drink.
In every season and circumstance,
May my eyes be open and
My ears be listening for what comes.
The sand would turn to gold.
I could hear the lightning
Before I see the thunder
And revel in my place on earth.
Should would not apply anymore;
Mistakes would die into
Openings for renewed life.
Love makes all things new
By returning them to divinity.
Travel far enough into what is here,
A treasure house appears.
Go beyond a label and a name,
Everything becomes one
That to the senses would never
Be the same.
Even loss becomes gain.
What’s an example of how can you live with love today?
Is there an area of your life that feels like it’s lacking in love, and what are two qualities you think it’s desperate for (like gratitude, trust, forgiveness, stillness, rest, or zest)?
Send this poem to a friend, and wish them a little more love today.
Try to imagine love as more than an emotion today, more than a shared connection with a special other, something deeper and greater and wider. And try to tap into that.