How to love

I used to think I knew how to love. I used to think I loved too well that some people just didn’t understand or accept such ‘good’ love!
I thought I knew how to love…

Yet I loved the people who did things I liked… My love was so arrogant it was a reward only for those that I judged to be worthy of the privilege!
I actually really thought I knew how to love!

I loved people for their potential to make me happy and also because even if I wasn’t I’d always look or seem happy around them!
Yet I thought I knew how to love…

But then I met you,
And then I realized love is not about what I can get out!
I realized that seeing you smile or hearing you laugh is the greatest reward I could ever ask for!
Loving you made me realize that someone else can mean the world to me for just waking up in the morning; not for what they do but for just being there!

You have taught me how to love and that is I love you as I love myself!
I always thought “God doesn’t literally expect me to care that much about someone else does He?!”
But loving you made me realize that He does and He has given me the capacity for such love…

I am grateful to God for such a revelation of true love! And I thank Him for showing me how to love and how to accept love through you!

With lots of love,
Kay-Dee Mashile

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