True Love  

Anything that diminishes me in anyway,
Anything that reduces my opinion of myself,
Anything that makes me want to abridge my skills,
Hold in or deny my feelings, mask my thoughts,
Or be anything other than my true Self is not Love.
For Love encourages everything,
Most especially,
Love encourages me to be my most true Self.
Love loves that.
And where true Love starts is with me.

From Richard
Perth, November 1998