To My Friends...from now and from then
When I say or have ever said - I love you - I mean: I Love YOU!
If I said it once, I meant it forever.
My love does not die, it can be suppressed, ignored and beaten with hate, but underneath that denial, the love lives on.
When I said I love you, I was not saying I love what you do or that I love what you believe, that I love what you have, how you look or even how you treat me to my face or behind my back.
I am saying I love who you are.
Who you are is not the sum of your actions, your actions are mere expressions. Expressions of desires to fulfill, needs to be met, wants to be gotten, but who you are is far greater than any of those.
I have known you very intimately, you have known me, we have shared a great deal, in that sharing I have come to know and love your heart.
Hearing one another's pain, sharing our struggles, supporting one another in joy and sorrow, through the pain and often in pleasure - I came to know you, the person behind the expressions, actions and beliefs - that is why I love you.... and always will.
When I say I love you I am not just talking about how I feel when I am with you or when I think of you, that is often a distraction. What I mean is I commit - I commit to respect you, to accept the disappointments, endure the hurts you may cause me, relish the good times - to bear your burdens with you, mourn as you mourn and be a source of comfort.
What you choose, who you choose to love, how you choose to love them, what you choose to believe, these things are not you and.... I love you - STILL.