Leonard Cohen's favourite poet, Federico Garcia Lorca was born here. I'd like to visit his house but the teenager would protest mightily. So I'll leave it for another visit when I don't have a kid in tow. To mark the feast day of the saint of love I thought I'd be topical and share one of Lorca's poems but they're all rather angst ridden and that does not set a suitable tone.
Instead I've dipped into some of the reading material I have with me. I re-read the books of Don Miguel Ruiz on a regular basis for each time I glean more teaching from them, changing the way I think and act. This time 'The Mastery of Love' gets another airing, a practical guide to the art of relationship. I've written about it before. Maybe the words that I've chosen can't be found inside any of the greetings cards that have been sent today. They speak a beautiful truth nonetheless which applies to all relationships, not just romantic ones.
Love is based on respect. . . . Love respects. I love you; I know you can make it. I know you are strong enough, intelligent enough, good enough that you can make your own choices. If you fall I can give you my hand, I can help you to stand up. I can say, “you can do it, go ahead."