Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Privilege Of Love

I knew when I decided to love you


with all of my heart

that I was risking everything.

I knew your lifespan was shorter than mine

and that you might die

far sooner than I.

Despite this,

I still chose to love all of you

with all of me.

Because you deserved that

and because I did too.

And though you did die -

far sooner than I -

to stand in the pain of your death

I continue to love you fully,


with unwavering dedication,

which has transformed me.

For I know now,

that to have given every breath of myself

to love all of you

is the most beautifully brave thing

I have ever done in my lifetime.

It is the single greatest achievement

of my life.

I have learned

that this is what true love is -

to choose the possibility of pain

for the privilege to be love.

It is to risk everything

- everything -

inside ourselves.

It is to meet our greatest fears

and decide that it's still worth it,

so that we may come to realize

that we are capable of giving

the kind of love

that changes lives

and moves mountains.

In this way,

true, deep, complete love is not easy.

It is simple, but not an easy choice.

Which is why

whenever I see such love in the world

It leaves me in awe.

Never a more beautiful thing

have I seen

than the immense bravery

of any single being

that chooses to LOVE.


  1. Mommy made it almost halfway through this before crying.
    So beautiful and so true.

  2. My human thinks real love is a miracle of sorts...

  3. Very very very beautiful words in memory Abby!! She was a mighty warrior in a tiny body!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Wonderful words in memory of your sweet Abby. Her memory will be with you for ever.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. c'est très fort, et émouvant.

  6. We enjoy the privilege of knowing you, and the privilege of counting each of you as friends.
    :-) Hugs!

  7. Sometimes love hurts and sometimes it heals.

  8. Once again, you made Mom all leaky-eyed. Beautiful sentiment.

  9. Those certainly wonderful words and Oh so very true. That was sure a great tribute to Abby. Take care.

  10. Debra, so well said. Poignant and heart-felt. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  11. This is why we invite these noble creatures into our hearts. They give us so much we cannot help but give all we have and are better for it.
    Dad Pete

  12. Absolutely beautiful - and so very true.

  13. Beautiful words. Made me cry.

  14. How beautiful! Excuse us while we go get some kleenex now.

  15. Fitting remembrance for sweet Abby.

  16. That is such a beautiful tribute to your sweet Abby. Your words have moved me to tears. Hugs to you, dear friend.

  17. So very, very beautiful. Purrs...

  18. Mommy feels that same exact way. She was going to be a coward about adopting me but many things came into place and made her know that yes, a risk is taken but the rewards are so brilliant and bright, Love. real unconditional love. Trusting love. Forever love.


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