July 15, 2003

Spectrum of Love

"I love you."

There is a much greater motivation
than simply my spoken words.

For me to love is to commit myself,
freely and without reservation.

I am sincerely interested
in your happiness and well being.

Whatever your needs are,
I will try to fulfill them
and will bend in my values
depending on the importance
of your needs.

If you are lonely and need me,
I will be there.
If in that loneliness
you need to talk,
I will listen.
If you need to listen,
I will talk.
If you need the strength
of human touch,
I will touch you.

If you need to be held,
I will hold you.
I will lie naked in body with you
if that be your need.
If you need fulfillment of the flesh,
I will give you that also,
but only through my love.

I will try to be constant with you
so that you will understand
the core of my personality
and from that understanding
you can gain strength and security
that I am acting as me.
I may falter with my moods.
I may project, at times,
a strangeness that is alien to you,
which may bewilder or frighten you.
There will be times
when you question my motives.

But because people are never constant
and are as changeable as the seasons,
I will try to build up within you
a faith in my fundamental attitude
and show you that my inconsistency
is only for the moment
and not a lasting part of me.

I will show you love now.
Each and every day,
for each day is a lifetime.

Every day we live,
we learn more how to love.
I will not defer my love
nor neglect it,
for if I wait until tomorrow,
tomorrow never comes.

It is a cloud in the sky,
passing by.
They always do, you know!

If I give you kindness and understanding,
then I will receive your faith.

If I give hate and dishonesty,
I will receive your distrust.

If I give fear and am afraid,
you will become afraid and fear me.

I will give to you
what I need to receive.

To what degree (amount) I give love
is determined by my own capability.

My capability is determined
by the environment of my past experience
and my understanding
of love, truth, and God.

My understanding is determined
by my parents, friends,
places I have lived and been.
All experiences that
have been fed into my mind from living.

I will give you
as much love as I can.

If you will show me
how to give more,
then I will give more.

I can only give you
as much as you need to receive
or allow me to give.

If you receive all I can give,
then my love is endless and fulfilled.

If you receive a portion (part)
of my love,
then I will give others
the balance I am capable of giving.

I must give all that I have,
being what I am.

I have loved a boy, a girl,
my parents, art, nature, children
and myself -
only to the depth that I know myself.

All feelings in life
I find beautiful.

No human being or society
has the right to condemn
any kind of love I feel
or my way of expressing it,
if I am sincere,
sincerity being the honest realization
of myself,
and there is no hurt or pain
intentionally involved in my life
or any life my life touches.

I want to become a truly loving spirit,

Let my words, if I must speak,
become a restoration of your soul.

But when speech is silent,
does one project the great
depth of their sensitivity.

When I touch you,
or kiss you,
or hold you,
I am saying
a thousand words.

~ Walter Rinder ~

Posted by Riza Rivera at July 15, 2003 1:07 PM

Without a doubt, one of the greatest pieces of prose ever to be written. I first found this piece in the 70's and have, since that day, adopted it as my personal philosophy while dealing with life, love & people. Thank You Mr. Rinder & God Bless you for sharing this with the world. With Much Admiration, Skip Sahota

Posted by: Skip Sahota at October 2, 2004 3:56 PM