4Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. 7Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. 8Love is eternal….13Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13
I’ve been reflecting recently since starting work and having seen love exemplified in several ways. From moments when a colleague has found recent events overwhelming and seeing the support and encouragement that rallies behind them to get them through. To staying behind extra hours to care for unwell patients. Then the kind words uttered from my colleagues that lifts my spirit when I feel exhausted. Not forgetting the smiles and nods from patients who show appreciate of your work.
I’ve loved seeing the happiness of my friends who have recently entered into life-long commitments with their partners. It has been a pleasure to have been witness to such beauty. I look forward to loving another so endearingly. To be patient is a virtue and trusting a love like no other. The present moment can sometimes feel uncertain, but I’m reminded that love is patient and it never gives up. So, I continue to be vulnerable and 100% my raw self.
Appreciation of what was gifted to me. To be surrounded by others who aspire to support, praise and cheer me on, priceless. A parental love is eternal that no matter how old I may be I’ll always feel a child-like aura of gratitude towards them. I believe to have a child is to be selfless. To siblings who complete the care package and keep me entertained. Sharing with me the harsh truths of life and encouraging me to remain faithful and hopeful. Then the extended family who bring the party and laughter that warms my heart. Families are all so unique, that’s the beauty I love.
We all have a community that needs some love. I hope to serve beyond my work in a capacity that leaves an impact and creates a legacy. Having recently had a heartfelt conversation with a colleague who vulnerably shared their recent difficult personal life journeys. I’ve realised that I’ve got more love to give beyond those that know me. To be a selfless vessel inspiring and uplifting others through my various platforms is what I hope to create. ‘We’ve got to live in such a way that we die empty’ Myles Monroe.
Who are you loving beyond yourself? Who can you start to love without desiring anything back?