This is an old and very simple poem, but it bears repeating.
The poem remind us that if we take an attitude that love is somehow owing to us, then we will turn into greedy people who become angry and frustrated with others. In contrast, if we take a giving attitude, then we are happier, because we expect nothing; and others may well reciprocate spontaneously.
Whether we are rich or poor does not matter. What matters is the intention with which we handle what is within our control. If we have a loving intention, then it becomes immaterial what we own, except in so far as it can help us in the act of loving.
LOVE BEHIND WORDS
We can speak all we like, but the difference is made by our intentions. If we have selfish motivations, then our words will be shown, ultimately, to be empty.
LOVE IS HARMONIOUS
Without a compassionate intention, our minds cannot find anything in the universe to love. Compassion, and the empathy that goes along with it, can bring elements of the universe together into a harmony which we can recognise as good.
LOVE IS THE REMOVAL OF PRECONCEPTIONS
Love is not a thing we need to create artificially, or ‘carry’ with force. Rather, by removing the obstructions to love, we become able to flow freely.
In summary, if we are prepared to make the first move towards kindness, with good intentions, then love can bring a natural flow and harmony to all relationships.