Love has many faces; the blush of romantic love; the radiant love of a parent for their child, the conditional love of siblings as they squabble; the gentle love of a friend you meet for coffee.

Love also shows up in ways that we have a hard time fathoming; the overbearing love of a wife/mother, as she bullies her husband and kids; the conditional love of a man who is looking for a woman to fill his needs. Love does exist in these scenarios, it just is a lower vibration of love stemming from a feeling of unworthiness, a place of neediness.

I believe the most eloquent, most beautiful description of love that has come my way was in the book “The Aleph” by Paulo Coelho; and I will include a few of my favorite paragraphs below:

“I love you,” I tell her, “I love you because all of the loves in the world are like different rivers flowing into the same lake, where they meet and are transformed into a single love that becomes rain and blesses the Earth.”

“I love you like a river that creates the right conditions for trees and bushes and flowers to flourish along its banks. I love you like a river that gives water to the thirsty and takes people where they want to go.” 

“I love you like a river which understands that it must learn to flow differently over waterfalls and to rest in the shallows. I love you because we are all born in the same place, at the same source, which keeps us provided with a constant supply of water. And so, when we feel weak, all we have to do is wait a little. The spring returns, the winter snows melt and fill us with new energy.”

“I love you like a river that beings as a solitary trickle in the mountains and gradually grows and joins other rivers, until after a certain point, it can flow around any obstacle in order to get where it wants.”

“I receive your love and I give you mine. Not the love of a man for a woman, not the love of a father for a child, not the love of God for his creatures, but love with no name and no explanation, like a river that cannot explain why it follows a particular course, but simply flows onwards. A love that asks for nothing and gives nothing in return. It is simply there. I will never be yours and you will never be mine. But I can honestly say, I love you. I love you. I love you.”

Thank you for being part of my tribe. I love you.








Angela Legh

Angela Legh is the author of the Bella Santini Chronicles, a celebrated series of children's fairytales. Angela is known for her ability to help people see their own value and to embrace the magic of life. Each book of the series takes children on a journey of self-discovery.

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