Thoughts for Living (1975)
Each day I reaffirm my Love. For true love is the key that unlocks all life’s mysteries. The only road to happiness and joy starts with the first step, love. It guides me through the day and lightens every task, illuminates the night, sweetens my dreams, refreshes my deep sleep. When I am tired, it transports me effortlessly. When I am discouraged, it unveils all kinds of secret passages.Each morning I awake and reaffirm my love. I love the dawn because its light shows me the difference in everything. I love the dusk because its darkness shows me that all things are One.
Each day I reaffirm my love. I am surrounded by the people that I love. Often they love me in return, but if they don’t, I don’t withhold my love. For love cannot be bought, it can only be shared.
Each night, as I retire, I reaffirm my love. As I reflect I see love as the flower of freedom, the very essence of our being. There is no problem, no matter how complex, love cannot solve. There is no pain, no matter how severe, that love cannot put right.
Each night, as I drift off to sleep, I reaffirm my love. And most of all I reaffirm my love for self. By loving my own self I’m free to love another and be worthy of their love in turn. And in this way I start a flow of all abiding love, that’s indiscriminate and unconditional. And if I have no other staff in life, I have enough for only love can bind, embrace and spread until, indeed, one day, it will unite the world.