If we loved others as we love ourselves
Would that be loving them at all?
——Giving is contingent on having something to give
If we love ourselves as we love our neighbor…What would that look like?
They are one and the same, interchangeable
If we expect to be forgiven the same way that we forgive
Would our forgiveness be fleeting and conditional?
Would we nurse resentments while we live?
If we took more than a moment to examine
What we think and believe
If we paused to consider at all
Would we find unsurfaced contradictions in understanding?
Would we ignore, or seek remedy?
We are connected, one to the other
Just below the surface we intertwine
Contributors to the same light and same darkness
Existing in realms hidden
The notion of our own island is an illusion
Love is the ultimate answer, all inclusive
Love of others, love of self
We are created with purpose
Hatred fuels separation
Poisons the soul
Assaults our brothers and sisters
Builds walls where none should go
Life is so much more than our own desires and designs
I wish you love for right now and all times