Love is not a thing, it is not lost when given.
You can offer your love completely to hundreds of people
and still retain the same love you had originally.
We were all born – naked and cold – into the world. Throughout our lifetimes, we gather the necessities to cover us and keep us warm. An essential part of this desired warmth is a result of the relationships of love and friendship we develop over the years.
Envision these relationships as pieces in a patchwork quilt that invisibly covers us throughout our lives. Casual acquaintances constitute small squares on the border of our quilt. As we get closer to the portion of the quilt that covers us, the relationships – and the associated warmth – are stronger. The size of the patches becomes larger also to reflect the relative importance of each relationship.
At the center of our quilt, over our bodies, lies the most important section of the quilt. A core area covers our intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and sexual self. Our self-confidence, self-respect, self-worth, and self-sustainability all depend on our ability to nurture each of these parts of ourselves. If we are lucky or wise, we have one significant relationship that touches us closely at all four of these important centers. If not, we gather around us a number of friends and relationships that support the different parts of our core area.
Think about who’s in your quilt and remember to be grateful for them today.