Loving like God
Man asked God, “What’s the difference between your love and my love?” God said, “The bird in the sky is my love. The bird in the cage is yours.”
This nice dialogue landed in my SMS in-box and it got me thinking about love. Indeed the bird in the sky is representative of unconditional love – a variety that is rarely exhibited by us humans. When we love, we expect…and thereby capture the bird inside the cage of our demands. When the demands are not met, the love somehow transforms itself into other feelings and emotions.
Mother’s love comes closest to being unconditional – at least in most cases. But even that is not completely free of expectations. True loves implies true freedom. Such love resides inside us regardless of what happens outside. The beloved may behave in the most unlovable manner, and we may even express our displeasure or disagreement over the matter, yet it doesn’t change our love for the individual. As a concept, this sounds esoteric and difficult. Yet if we think deeply, we realise that loving unconditionally is the only way to lasting peace. When we free our love from expectations, our feelings become independent of others. We can then assume complete charge of our lives and discover our true selves.