This is for all those I know who are way beyond the co-dependency currently favored in the western relationship model. We are no longer looking for completion – we are looking for mutual honor, respect and an equal partnership of shared and complementary gifts. We are looking for Beloved Partnership and Self-actualized Love.
I don’t care how much money you make,
What car you drive or where you live.
I want to know your Soul.
But for me to know your Soul,
You must know it first:
Have you died and lived a thousand deaths?
Tell me how your life has brought you to your knees.
What did you learn about yourself in the process?
Who have you found yourself to be on the other side of lying prostrate?
Have you walked through the fires of hell
and made friends with your demons?
How do you treat the broken and fragile things of this world?
Are you friends with your own vulnerability?
Is there room in your heart and your actions
For foreigners and immigrants?
The mentally ill and disabled?
The aging and the ailing?
The homeless, abused, neglected, forgotten and ignored?
Those who struggle day to day just to survive?
Is there room in your heart for “they?”
How are you walking kindly and gently upon this earth?
Can you see the earth as another living thing in need of our love?
Are you moved to tears by both the beauty and the horrors of our world?
Can you laugh at yourself?
Are you strong in the face of danger and
Weak in the Presence of Love?
Are you able to be alone…and quiet…and still?
Do you find comfort in silence and inspiration in song?
Can you hold space for one who is breaking –
Especially when the broken one is You?
Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
For support in your journey of love – moving beyond “You Complete Me” to “Beloved Partnership, read and entertain the activities in my book: