When you send out real love, real love will return to you. —Florence Scovel Shinn—
Real love is selfless love. It expects nothing in return. It is not conditional. It doesn’t keep score. It is too seldom given. Many of us came into the program hurting, feeling unloved,
looking desperately for love, unable to love selflessly. But we are learning. We are climbing the same mountain, all of us. Our particular paths will cross the paths of many others before reaching the top, where we will find full enlightenment. And any path we cross has a special contribution to make to our own progress. We can be grateful for all intersecting paths, no matter how adverse they seem at the time. We can offer all our fellow-travelers real love, and our own trip will benefit manyfold. We need not be ashamed of our desire for love. Nor need we feel shame that we’ve bargained for it. But we do need to understand that the kind of love we seek can only be gained when we quit
searching for it and simply offer it to all the people in our midst. I will look into the hearts of all the people I encounter today and offer them love. I’ll receive that which I give.