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    The Power of Love

     

    By: Kenneth Stepp

     

    Really? If I use this title, do I owe Huey Lewis & The News a royalty check? Let’s hope not. Have you ever wondered where it all leads? I guess I should explain what “it” is first. It is simply the journey to find happiness. Let’s admit it. We are all on it, we all accept this path. If not outright, then by our actions.

     

    I’ll confess that I have not been very successful on this quest for happiness. I still have far too many “dark nights of the soul” to claim any forward motion in it. Of course I’m back on the saddle pretty much every day. I’m on a racehorse some days, and some days it’s a child’s stick pony. And, I never know from day to day which one.

     

    It’s Sunday morning, I’m up at 6:00 am, before the sun. And, I am hopeful. What will today bring? A few days ago when I crowded my calendar full for today, it looked awesome. Now, with the weight of the day on my shoulders. Uncertainty settles in. Unsure of, well, anything. I am trying to at least finish some of my work online before hopping on my horse. That way something productive happened, no matter what.

     

    Single Life

     

    I believe my life to be more typical than not. Being single, over 40 is something I never planned on. Having spent the last 26 plus years with the same girl. I would have never guessed I would be alone today. But, here I am. Not simply looking for love, but more trying to define it. I want to know everything there is to know about love. Real, unconditional, unlimited love.

     

    What I have found is amazing. Love endures. Love sees no flaws. Love forgives AND forgets. If two people can unconditionally love one another they only see perfection. Thus, both are with the man or woman of their dreams. That my friends is real power. The power to heal lives, hurts, pains, damage, and most of all, brokenness.

     

    Power From Nowhere

     

    Power is the only word that comes close to describing what I see here. It’s as if two people that have this at the same time have a superpower. For one thing, they are with their soulmate. I actually believe in the whole soulmate phenomenon. I believe it is when both have this real love between them. Sadly, I’m convinced that almost no one ever does. All believe they have the capacity to love unconditionally. Few actually can, even fewer still ever find each other, and if they do. They may not be at the same place at the same time. I have been there. It’s brutal. Pain like I have never felt. You see, that power thyat real love has, it has the potential to cut both ways.

     

    It is safer to develop a hard exterior and play it safe. At our age, the available hearts are few. But the body’s are plentiful. Digging in deep to discover which one you are looking at is dangerous. Potentially devastating too. Perhaps i haven’t been single long enough to give up, develop the hard shell, or fake who I am yet. I’d like to believe I am above all that. But, no one is. Guard your heart, while exposing your heart. Yep. It will take an unseen power to pull that off.

     

    k@kstepp.com

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