When it must be love what does any equine with the name of Shakespeare do? Why, write a sonnet, of course …
As in the dark of night a thief doth steal,
New love my heart hath seizéd in a trice.
And shouldst I share with you just how I feel:
Its thumpy-thumpy-thump is rather nice.
A feisty filly brightens this ol’ bay,
And so profoundly fills my soul with bliss
I scarce believe, this cold Feb’rary day,
A move from old to new hath brought me this.
I did not look for love; no, it found me.
And in my heart-home set most perfect peace.
Where once twas blind I now more clearly see
For ‘pon this life love’s joy hath wrought new lease.
And to my heart hath whispered pure and true
With lovely presence of my darling Zu.
If you’ve been following this blog for the past few weeks I suspect you knew this was bound to happen.
Believe me, my purpose with this blog is not to focus on Shakespeare’s (aka Bear’s) love life. Still, it’s part of his journey and I spend time with him every day, so how can it be ignored?
As I’ve noted before he is much happier in his work lately. There’s more spring in his step. Is it just the fresh guidance we’re receiving as we begin to learn the nuances of dressage, or does Bear’s (and my) happier heart also have something to do with it?
There’s more to life than work, of course. Love is what really makes the world go around, and love is what we celebrate on Valentine’s Day.
Frankly, I wish it was more than romantic love, and its lustful deviations, that were the focus of this day. This is a rather small and, on some levels, insignificant part of the story.
Hearts and flowers and dinners and whatever are all lovely, but the essence of love ~ the peace it brings to our hearts when it is true ~ is what I feel needs to be celebrated and promoted.
What does true love feel like?
It can take years to understand that true love creates feelings of perfect peace. It allows us to always be ourselves. Doesn’t judge. Doesn’t ask us to modify our behaviour or body or destroy our spirit for any reason. Any changes that occur “in love” are a natural evolution of the expansion of our comfort zone while feeling loved and secure in the presence of another.
True love accepts about us even the things we find hard to accept about ourselves, because it sees beyond our weakness, insecurities and imperfections to our truth.
Being comfortable in our own skin, in love, is one of the surest signs I know that love is true.
Strange as it may be to say this about a horse, I believe this is true for Bear. Since basking in the winter sun with Zu he is the most relaxed I have ever seen him.
Am I a jealous mother?
Zu Zu brings Bear a peaceful heart, and isn’t that what every mother wants for her child? 😉
It must be love.
Nurture what you love this day … and forever …
©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014