December 24, 2010 at 6:00 am 3 comments

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
Marge Piercy


Make a conscious decision today to give your love in the form of understanding, and you will discover the most powerful way to enhance your life and the life of everyone around you. Without insisting that your love be received or even appreciated, consider this an experiment on how much you can listen to those around you. You can express this kind of love in a few words and with few actions. At the end of the day, you will be able to look back and assess the effects of giving your love.


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  • 1. Sanna Rose  |  December 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Questioning the understanding part… How can one give their love through understanding when they have none? I recall someone telling me there was no understanding required and often not even in the ball park. How about a willingness to understand with faith and trust in the unknown? Odd how important being understood can be, and how out of our hands it seems at times…Non-parents can never truly understand what it means to be a parent, so how is this in this equation? Perhaps by finding the ground that is in common…

    • 2. Chris  |  December 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      Dear Sanna,
      It is very hard when it feels like no one understands; we humans have such a longing to share and connect. That connection cannot be forced or planned. For me, I am learning to open my heart and let the light within just shine out and be content in “what is”. The people we love will feel that light. We offer up that light to all. It is like a warm fire that people gather around, to feel the glow and warmth. The fire does not understand the people, nor do the people understand the fire. The fire simply is, the warmth is there, radiating out.
      As a parent, we must sometimes just let go of “the equation” and just offer up our love.

  • 3. Sanna Rose  |  December 26, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I agree. I also am contemplating how love can be present without having to understand anything or for the need to be understood. Just like you describe so beautifully. Parenting is the ultimate lesson in just being the love. Thank you for your thoughtful reply and for these stimulating gifts for all of us to be inspired by. Much love and not a whole lot of understanding, mixed in with profound gratitude. Happy New Year to you & yours. :^)


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