love

All you need is Love, and Love is all you need.

  • Teresa Landreth
    Published 3 months ago
    To the One Who Loved Me First

    To the One Who Loved Me First

    I love you too… I did not tell you how much you actually meant to me, not verbally anyways as I wish I would have done. It was absolutely terrifying to feel so close to another, especially knowing that everyday we grew together made me feel unwilling to grow without you. In the moment, the possibility of you moving away became evident, the pain of the fact that I had never imagined losing you did too. Suddenly, every moment became another reason I couldn't imagine life any different than with you in it. Little by little, I found myself enthralled by your laughter, curious about your positivity, and absolutely fascinated with the fact that someone so beautiful looked at me like I was, too. The outstanding part is the joy that I found within your smile; burned inside my memory like a picture that smile. You showed me what it felt like to be openly admired, you felt proud to acknowledge me publicly. You took my breath away, never asked for anything. You made a way for my heart to consider itself as worthy… in every way, I trusted you. I was so blown away by all the amazing ways you expressed your affection and love for me... I was not sure how I could express the gratitude that overflowed from my soul in a way that would capture, entirely, the fullness of joy I felt. So although time has gone, our lives have changed, the little I have to offer you is to let you know you saved my life. It was difficult to understand or express the parts of my life that I tried to conceal, the problems I faced everyday at home, Although I prayed it all would disappear, it became entirely present. I became the one in 10 that experience a rare but serious side effect; I was given medicine to help with the situation, I took it because I was truly trying to be well and stay together while my world painfully fell apart. The side effect was an experience I had no control over… I told you first, because over all of the assaulting, hateful thoughts and emotions that had me alone, ashamed, and suffering silently, I heard, felt, and trusted the one that said I am lovely. The most pain I ever felt was having to show you my shame, I didn't know who else to ask for help… I felt so much disappointment in myself, the moment I bared my arm, I saw how foolish I had been… I forgot how much I meant to someone…. You loved me. You said I was amazing. I trusted you; over any doubt, I believed you… But for a short while, I fell victim and considered maybe I was fooling myself. To this day, you inspired me to remember and to trust that I matter, I healed from that moment on and although I was broken by my actions and the effects they had on others, I never allowed myself to try to escape the madness… I somehow developed the ability to carry on in the midst of it. Over a decade later and I still keep the love you showed for me as a guiding light, showing the way to better loving others, and to better love myself.
  • Greg Horn
    Published 3 months ago
    She's Waiting for You There

    She's Waiting for You There

    People often ask me why I moved to Kauai, which usually warrants a short and generic response.
  • Dream Star Annie
    Published 3 months ago
    Between Life and Death

    Between Life and Death

    It was just a few minutes of my life. Five, maybe ten minutes at the most. But those few minutes are minutes that, until now, I had no words for. I think God has a way of protecting us from certain things at times, perhaps because my soul couldn’t bear it all at once. But nothing happens in this life without a purpose—at least that’s what I believe. The minutes I am referring to are the minutes in-between the time that my husbands heart stopped when he was right beside me—until his heart miraculously started beating again. This was his third major heart attack and up until now the only description of those moments I could give would be of incoherent silent prayer—but it was prayer that not even I could understand or comprehend. It was a prayer in some strange, unknown tongue that only God could interpret.
  • Raquel Z. Duarte
    Published 3 months ago
    This Is Why People Don't Like Love
  • Christa Marvenko-Athas
    Published 3 months ago
    Managing Conflict as a Couple

    Managing Conflict as a Couple

    One of the presentations I frequently see when a couple comes for therapy is two people at odds stating they want to communicate better. Both typically feel stressed, upset, angry, and perhaps frightened that they seem to find themselves in conflict more often than not. Under that agenda is often an apparent but unspoken goal, which is that each partner wants the other to see things how they are seeing them, and once their partner sees they are right, then somehow everything will be better.
  • Jade Kelly
    Published 3 months ago
    To Love One's Self Pt 2

    To Love One's Self Pt 2

    Overcoming our self-limiting beliefs that determine whether we are worthy of love in life is a challenge that most people these days struggle with. If we don't believe we are worthy of love, then another person will not see our value either. "We accept the the love we think we deserve." And we have locked ourselves into preservation mode that prevents us from allowing another person to love us as we are, flaws, baggage and all. Have you lived a life in solitude, because you are so afraid to love someone that you’ve convinced yourself that you are undeserving of love? When finding another person you are interested in, do you think of reasons why it can’t work out? Do you often tell yourself that they are too good for you, and that loving you is impossible?
  • Alice ♡
    Published 3 months ago
    Letters I'll Never Send: Part 3
  • macy darcie
    Published 3 months ago
    To Whoever Loves Him Next

    To Whoever Loves Him Next

    I need you to understand going into this how truly lucky you are. Lucky to have a man who makes you laugh, cry, and makes you look forward to doing life everyday. You will cry until you laugh and laugh until you cry. You will not hear from him after 9 PM because he works very hard and has to get at least eight hours of sleep to function. You will pour 100 percent of love into him and get 100 percent of it back. He is going to be your very best friend. So please, please love him with all you have. It’s worth everything.
  • Claire Panisales
    Published 3 months ago
    Lessons of Love

    Lessons of Love

    The most complex, most challenging, life-changing, exhilarating, serotonin-inducing and at times energy-draining four-letter word known to man, love. Why do we, as humans, at times, do stupid and for some, illegal things for the sake of love? What is it about love that drives us to do crazy and irrational things? Is it even love or is it an attachment? Such as control, manipulation, exploitation, misuse of power, possessiveness, jealousy, all fear-based emotions to keep one attached and bound to another.
  • Olivia Anne Page
    Published 3 months ago
    I Am Complete in Our New Life

    I Am Complete in Our New Life

    He calls on the mornings he does not wake up next to me. He comes to my apartment to check up on me. I think it's cute. A lot about me disturbs him.
  • Teela Hudak
    Published 3 months ago
    Does a Soulmate Make a Difference?

    Does a Soulmate Make a Difference?

    Do soulmates exist? And if they do, does it make a difference if you are with yours or not? Relationships can be tricky to navigate and many people feel like they fail at them. Finding a lasting and fulfilling relationship can be tough. People also have a lot of different ideas about what a good relationship looks like. Some people feel that it's effortless with the right person while others hold that good relationships take work and effort over time to keep them alive. So which is the truth? If you find your perfect soulmate, does that make relationships effortless?
  • Teela Hudak
    Published 3 months ago
    Love or Obsession?

    Love or Obsession?

    Love can be very confusing, especially if you've never been in love before. So how do you know if you're in love? We get a lot of messages about what love should look like through the media. We are shown what the idea of perfect love looks like in TV and movies. Most of us form our basic ideas about love and relationship from our early experiences from our caregivers. As we grow up, we continue to learn and come to our conclusions about what love is and what it looks like.