14. Work/Love

Only the beginning of what I want to feel forever.

   — The band Chicago, Only the Beginning


Love – how many songs, how many poems, how many stories have been written about it? Love, especially romantic love, is so unlike anything else in the universe. And if you’ve ever felt it, those feelings are there inside, waiting and wanting desperately to be replayed. Thankfully, nature itself gives us thousands of cues that take us back to those wonderful and warm feelings of connection and union. The literary and artistic worlds have left us so many beautiful footprints to the soul as well.


Love extends well beyond the bounds of romance to include the sweet feelings of mother/child and friend. And being wrapped in relationship expresses the truly unique and beautiful nature of the human bond. We don’t want to go it alone. We want to share experience and hold each other as we pass over the waters of life. I think that we all want deeply to pass along the beauty and arouse in others those wonderful integrated feelings. And love is that far-reaching and binding force whose language directly touches the soul. The human heart beats quietly underfoot, waiting for you to reawaken those intense feelings.


“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

    Nature Boy, E. Ahbez – sung by Nat King Cole and later, Celine Dion


Day 14 Guide


It takes only a few words to crack the door to a meaningful relationship. Find the words and fall in love again today.

Note: In the book Joyous Gard, there is no chapter about Love specifically. But I think it’s such an important and pervasive element in life. I wanted to include it.

© 2005, Levi Hill

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