December 2

Today's quotation:

A person desperately searching for love
is like a fish desperately searching for water.

Deepak Chopra

Today's Meditation:

Can it really be that love is everywhere, as Deepak claims?  When so many people feel unloved and unwanted, is it really possible that love is as common all around us as water is around fish?  While there have been many times in my life when I've felt completely unloved, I have to say now that I agree with him--my feelings were simply that--feelings--and had no basis in reality.  I was so caught up in my feelings that I refused to see the truth of the matter, that love was all about me all the time.

But I was confusing love for romantic love.  I was hoping for that special relationship, that special someone for whom I'd fall head over heels, and who would fall the same way for me.  I knew that my family members loved me, but I was sure that there was no other love in my life.  And my attitude made it difficult for people to show their love for me, for I would not be receptive to feeling that there were people who cared for me if they weren't that special someone.

I see now how wrong I was then.  I see now how silly I would have looked from the outside--how I was searching and hoping for something that already was a huge part of my life.  There was love around me, but I refused to see it.  I denied its existence even when I saw it, as it wasn't in the form in which I wanted to see it.  And since it didn't meet my expectations, it was easy for me to be so very wrong.

Love is all around us.  It was yesterday, it is today, and it shall be tomorrow.  The question we have to ask ourselves is simple:  are our minds and hearts open enough to see it, to recognize it, and to accept it?  I wasted a lot of time not feeling the love that was there about me, and I know that I'll never get that time back.  Ten years from now, I don't want to think of the current time in my life as also being time that I've spent searching for something that's right before my eyes.

Questions to consider:

Have you ever felt that your life was devoid of love?  Why?

Why might we spend so much time searching for something that is all around us all the time?

What would a fish searching for water find, and how would it find it?

For further thought:

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction
that we are loved; loved for ourselves,
or rather loved in spite of ourselves.

Victor Hugo

   
  

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