one afternoon a couple years ago, i stopped short on my walk back to my car after teaching. as i had walked up the stairs, this had caught my eye:
this is what i want of life--love. i want to be loved. i want to love. romantically, yes, but in so many other ways, too. it's such a simple desire, really. but it's so elusive. and looking at this image i think i understand part of what makes it elusive. because this phrase functions doubly--it's both an imperative and a request. a statement of what others must do and an asking for what one needs.
i think it's the double nature of love that makes it so difficult. being able to put down fear (even well-founded fear) and ask means making ourselves vulnerable to another person and simultaneously making that person vulnerable to us. because to ask for love of another is to request, but it's also to require. i believe it's worth it. because i believe that love which not only requests but also requires is adequate to any challenge.