A little poem by Matthew Spenser caught me eye:
There are days when the sun rises a little later and I am all storm clouds,
I hope you love me still and choose to dance with me in the rain, instead of reaching for your umbrella…..
It is the notion of unconditional love that speaks to me in these words. The idea that you can be granted the freedom to have your feelings, give space for your emotions and have those around you simply allow it to be. No conditions, no unspoken rules, just acceptance. It is about positive regard for the other; not only an unconditional affection for the one experiencing the storm clouds but also an understanding and sense of empathy for the one standing in the rain. For unconditional love to grow benevolently, there must exist both symmetry and vulnerability to the dance.
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