What is it about love that makes you want to become a better version of yourself?
Whether love broke your heart, or it lifted you to higher ground. Somehow, if circumstances are just so, love can inspire you to evolve.
I’ve had both.
I’ve had my heart broken by love, deep, powerful, intense love, and it sparked in me an unstoppable mission of self-actualization.
And I’ve had love uplift me to heights I’d never known existed.
Or rather, it jolted me awake and reminded me that not only was I unfathomably potent, but also that committing to a path of constant personal development was, despite all past evidence and patterns, worth the effort.
And this, regardless of any promise of love requited.
True love, felt for an other, begins with true love felt for one’s self.
This sort of love for self has dual effects:
First, true love for self is apparent to others; thus it will inspire others to love themselves, and, later, others, truly.
Second, love for self opens wider the eyes of the self so that it sees in others a mirror, of sorts, and, thus, this love for self extends beyond the self, to the others.
This love for others is not conditional.
And thus, it needs no requiting.
It is its own reward.
Never more so than when the reflections in others, the fruits of your unconditional love, become evident to you.
This is an unparalleled challenge:
It is a constant struggle to stay so true to self that love can be inherent in all thought, action, and interaction.
But with each moment it pulls through, each time a battle is won, this sense of self and awareness branches out wider, it takes route deeper.
The lover and the beloved become brighter.
And a dark sky becomes filled with the light of billions of twinkling stars.
Beacons shining to guide home the lost and the weary.