The Kind of Love: A Poem to Affirm Your Part in This World

These words arrived in me after a meeting with a friend. These words are for you or anyone you know who might feel that they are not 'achieving' anything of great importance in this world. I hope they reach you.

Eyes full of sadness and longing
you looked at me and said,
"I do not feel I have achieved
anything in this life
of which I can be proud."


And yet
just minutes before
I had been witness to your attempts to rescue
a bumble bee
from a flight of stairs

Motionless
we both concluded he was most surely passed away
But still
you placed him by some water
A little pool full of hope
that maybe he would surprise us still

What more
could you possibly want to achieve in life
than having a heart filled with the kind of love
that takes a bumble bee, dead, to water
and makes a wish that somehow
he will live?

God doesn't ask you to be anything
He simply asks you to be
And friend
you already do that so beautifully.

Love and courage,
Leah