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I am trying to calm

My restless soul,

Heal my broken spirit,

Soothe my scattered mind

To clear the way for you,

My one true love,

And find my path back to us.

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I Need

I need to be a better

Friend to myself,

One who cares about me,

Sees the good I have inside,

Loves me the way I love others.

I need to take care of me

Like I would anyone else

Who matters to me.

I need to let go more often,

Appreciate who I am

Like my friends do.

I need to stop the self-inflicted pressure

To be the one to always make

Tough situations work.

I need to treat myself with

Kindness, compassion, love

And stop worrying about

What others think.

I need to put myself first

For a change.

Long-Time Love

If you asked me the secret

To long-time love I would tell you this:

Know who you are

Do not try to change your lover

Acceptance of all the good and bad is key.

Be friends first and everything else

Will fall into place.

Don’t settle for comfort and routine

Keep rediscovering each other

Go on date nights

Hold hands, hug, cry, laugh, dance every chance you get

Create memories together

Support each other

Respect your partner’s soul

Know that dry spells happen

And that this too shall pass.

Patience and perseverance reap the

Greatest rewards of love that keeps

Growing in the darkest of nights.

Give more than you take,

Don’t hold grudges

Show your love more than talk about it

Love yourself so you can fully love

Without boundaries

And make love

Your priority.

Being Us

On the morning we renewed our vows

I heard birds singing,

I felt a calmness in the air,

I knew we would have a joyous day.

And so we did.

 

Not only was our love for each other celebrated,

But the love for us by family and friends was felt so deeply it took my breath away.

 

We never really know how our life affects others

We’re just doing the best we can,

Never sure we’re fully accepted as who we are.

 

But when you see the love in your friends’ eyes,

Hear words like you are a gift to the world

And you are such an inspiration,

Feel the love in a room filled with

The people who matter the most,

You know in your heart that

You make a difference

By doing nothing more than

Being us.

 

I Do

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When I said “I do”

I knew I loved you,

I knew we were meant to be

I knew you were my soulmate

I knew God brought us together.

 

When I said “I do”

I didn’t know the depths of love,

I didn’t know the strength we had,

I didn’t know the challenges ahead,

I didn’t know the fear of the unknown.

 

When I said “I do”

I believed in you,

I believed in love,

I believed in fate,

I believed in us.

 

When I said “I do”

I couldn’t imagine the beauty of ordinary days,

I couldn’t understand the joy of bringing life into the world,

I couldn’t comprehend how fast time passes,

I couldn’t know how much more I’d love you 20 years later.