As strange as it may seem, it is possible to love without attachment. I’ll grant you, that is an alien concept in a day and age when the concept of love has been watered down to the point where it is used in regards to your like of soft drinks and computer games. But it IS possible.
Love without attachment is also love without expectation. The object of your love is not required to do or be anything other than exactly what it is. If it should change from one moment to the next; if, like a rabid dog, they suddenly turn on you and attack for no reason other than the fact that you are there, it won’t change the fact that you still love them.
Most people can get to the point of wrapping their brains around the idea of unconditional love; of love without expectation and attachment when it comes to a parent’s love for their child, but what about love for a perfect stranger?
For love to be truly unconditional it has to be based on more than what the person (or object) can do for you (give you love back in return, provide you with financial or emotional support, give you validation for your choices or provide you with a justification for being alive).
Truly unconditional love comes from a realization that all of us; you, me, the person standing next to you, the homeless man on the corner, the obnoxious politician – all of us; that each and every one of us is instrumental to the well being of the universe and of life on this planet. It comes from an acknowledgement that even though we may each seem completely different, at our deepest core WE ARE ONE.
The True Price of Love
True love comes with a price – the price of pain;
Of giving up a tiny bit of yourself to the one you love,
Knowing full well that you will never get that piece back;
Of knowing that as long as they live they will hold a tiny piece of your heart and soul.
And the true cost of living a life of love – whether it is the one love of a lifetime
Or many loves throughout your life – is that by the time you are done;
By the time your heart stops beating; there is nothing left of your heart.
It has been spread across the world – across the universe.
It has become a part of everyone and everything you have ever interacted with.
No matter how large or how small a part they played in your life,
You loved them; and in loving them you gave them a bit of your heart;
And in them your heart beats on and loves forever.