After my husband, Marty, passed away in 2009 one of my biggest worries was wondering ”is there was room in my heart” for another man and would this somehow cause me to lose Marty “again.” I believed my heart would remain closed to someone else because of that fear. But with time and the assistance of people I trust, I learned that this assumption was not true. I now know that within my cellular structure I will always carry the memory of and love for my husband.
I have come to understand that I have an infinite capacity to love and that one love does not replace another. I liken it to wondering if you could love your second child as much as your first because the love for your first child is so spectacular. My heart expanded happily – I had more than enough room to love another child.
The gentle man who is in my life today has entered my heart in the most unexpected and wonderful way. He is not threatened by what I had with Marty – he welcomes it as what makes me who I am today. A woman with more than enough room in her heart to love again. Unconditional love is just that – it doesn’t rely on conditions to be.
The piece below was a touch drawing that I turned into story art. There are many symbols within the picture that speak to me. But, that’s my story. What’s yours?