It is a risk to love

It is a risk to love
What if it doesn’t work out?
Ah, but what if it does?
~Peter McWilliams

It is a risk to love
To open up to another’s hurt
And to let her see yours
What if his hurt is too big for you?
What if your hurt is too big for her?

It is a risk to love
To give without expecting anything in return
And to receive when you have nothing to give
What if he gives nothing in return – not even a thank you?
What if she wants something you can’t give?

It is a risk to love
To say, “I love you”
And to hear, “I love you”
What if he doesn’t say the words back to you?
What if she doesn’t really mean what she’s saying?

But what if love is worth the risk?
What if in sharing your hurts, you find them easier to carry together?
What if in giving and receiving, you find you both have more?
What if the words become truer each time you say or hear them?
What if in loving you find love?

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a single word

What meaning is contained
in a single word?

In the months leading up to January 2013
I began to know the meaning of hope
So hope became the single word for 2013
And that year I learned the meaning of hope even more deeply

In the months leading up to January 2014
I began to wonder what it could mean to go
So go became the single word for 2014
And that year I learned to be willing to go, even deep into the unknown

In the months leading up to January 2015
I began to make a deliberate choice to love and accept love
So love has become the single word for 2015
And this year I can’t even begin to imagine what deep love I will learn

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Join me in unpacking the meaning of love in 2015.