I love you anyway, I forgive you anyway.

The only power we hold is within ourselves. Notice when you feel something arise in you because of another. Notice the words that formulate your thoughts. Notice when you begin to say those words out loud. And then notice if you are representing love in the purest form. The moment we begin judging someone else for his or her actions, is the very moment we need to check-in with ourselves. We have to recognize that we are human and it’s okay to think and feel certain ways - even the ugliest of thoughts because that is our spirit reminding us to check in. It is not about the other person, but about the Self. To create titles or opinions about others through thoughts of jealousy, cruel intentions, littleness, undeserving attitudes is only showing where we need to fulfill ourselves. Where we are leaking energy. Where we need to re-connect.
I personally have come across such actions and opinions of the very people whom I called friends, sisters, family and many from strangers, teachers, and people who seem to think that it is perfectly fine to toss hateful and untrue words. It is not okay and - and - and yet — I love you anyway. I do. Because. Because I understand how powerful forgiveness is because I forgive myself every damn day. My self worth does not come from any place other than my own heart. My soul speaks to me through love and it also speaks to me through times where it is difficult for me to show love. And every time I step into love, especially when it seems most undeserving or difficult, it wins. I can walk away clear-headed knowing I’ve sent someone peace, knowing I’ve sent them endless love, and forgiveness.
And this is where you and I meet, in a beautiful, vast field that we call freedom. Your power does not come in loads you dish out of smallness or pettiness. Your power comes from how much you love. Love hard, but take no shit. 
Say what you feel, re-connect with yourself, and let it go. I do not want to highlight the people that try to hurt me, but I do want to highlight to tell them I love them anyway. 

stephynow