I’ve got an early morning meeting today, so I’m up before the sun. As I quietly move around the bedroom so as not to wake you, I stop for a second to take in your beauty as you sleep. Now, this wasn’t some movie scene. Your hair was a mess, and I’m pretty sure there was a bit of drool on your pillow, yet all I could think as I stood there was how beautiful you were. Your beauty was only a piece of the complex puzzle that was you. Your mind, your intelligence, wow, so exciting. When we first met at the office, I remember going back and forth across the table at meetings; this woman is on point, I would think to myself; she makes me see things in a way I would never have thought possible. The fire you put into everything in your life pushes me and has made me a better man. Your compassion and how you instinctively know what to say or do when I am going through a rough patch; your words and actions remind me that I never have to fight the battle alone because you will always be by my side. I bend down and kiss your forehead and whisper, I love you and you through your sleep whisper back I love you too, and I smile, knowing it’s going to be a good day because no matter what happens when I come home, I’m coming home to you.
You’re away on business and
I check my phone every few minutes for your text.
I listen to songs that remind me of you.
I close my eyes, and I see your smile.
You awaken my soul.
You give me strength.
You open my heart to the joy of true love.
You bring me true happiness.
I count the minutes until I see you again.
I can’t wait for when I can hold you again.
You are my everything, and I love you.
The love between two people is not something that should ever be put on autopilot. When two people love each other, they must work every day to maintain that love, to ensure they don’t take their love for granted. To avoid slowly growing apart unbeknownst to even them until the day comes when one of them wakes up, looks at the other one laying beside them, and feels nothing. In a relationship the goal of all couple should be to fall in love with and have your partner fall in love with you every day. It’s not that hard to do when there is a genuine bond between two people who have given each other the key to their hearts, but it is just as easy for that bond to be broken when the love is taken for granted. Love should never be taken for granted because when you find that person who is your soulmate and lose them, a piece of your heart will always remain empty where they once resided.
So here we are again, Valentine’s Day. The day that love fills the air as couples express their love for each other. I chose not to think of it as Valentine’s Day; instead, it’s my February Christmas because when I wake up, you’re there, and what better gift could I ask for than being lucky enough to have been blessed with someone as special as you in my life. So I guess every day is Christmas. From the first time you smiled at me, my life with you has been nothing short of amazing. Does that mean I haven’t had a setback of two? Of course not; this is the real world, not a movie, and setbacks happen. But I always knew I would overcome them because I never had to overcome them by myself. Your love and belief in me kept me moving forward. Your intelligence challenges me to be the best I can be every day. My heart belongs to you, and only you, no one, could ever break the bond between our two souls. Each day is like the first for me, full of excitement and anticipation of the next. I love you; Happy Valentine’s Day and Merry Christmas to me.
Any two people can fall in love but only those who share a true love will fight for that love when things get rocky. Like all relationships ours has gone through its up and downs and let’s be honest we had our shares of downs lately. But true love is defined by how you handle the down times. Are we willing to work through our problems, listen to each other’s, accept responsibility for our part in what has gone wrong and make the changes required to strengthen our relationship?
So many couples refuse to fight to keep their love, fortunately that’s not the case with us. We value the good times we share with each other and don’t want to lose them. So we fight, we fight for our love and with that said I want you to know that I take full responsibility for lately:
Not hearing your voice
Not being responsive to your needs
Not understanding your concerns
But trust me when I say it’s not because of faded feelings, or desire for you. It’s not because I don’t value you. The truth is I love and value you and the thought of us now more than I ever have. The flame in my heart for you burns as bright as it ever has.
Each day I remember:
The connection I felt the very first moment I kissed you.
How seeing you for the first time took my breath taken away.
How your dazzling smile instantly captivated me, and your mesmerizing eyes drew me in.
I never want to stop being:
Able to smile, laugh out loud and talk to the most intelligent, insightful and unique woman I have ever met.
Able to go to sleep knowing when I wake you will be right there next to me.
You are the most remarkable woman I have ever known, you stir my passion like no other ever has or ever could.
My best friend.
You hold the key to my heart and there is nothing I would not do to make our lives together as fulfilling as possible. Because my love for you is true.
It’s been a long road and along the way I have had many experiences that have shaped the very essence of who I am. But it wasn’t until you walked into my life that I could truly say for the first time I saw clearly what my life was meant for. Today I stand here with you ready to walk a new path in my life. As with any path there will be unknowns and obstacles ahead. But knowing you will be walking the path with me I have no fear, because I have no doubt our love build on trust and mutual respect will carry us through any obstacle we may face.
I promise you that you will always be:
My partner who I walk beside the rest of your life.
My best friend who I will not only listen to but hear
My soulmate who my heart will always beat in unison with.
I say to the world that when I:
Hold your hand.
Hear your voice,
See your smile,
Look into your eyes,
I know a love that I did not think was possible.
It is true that when we are apart I count the minutes until I see you again, until I can hold you in my arms again. Why? Because you and only you:
Bring me happiness
Have awaken my soul
Have given me strength
Are my partner
Are my best friend
Are my soul mate
Are my everything
I love you
I love you.
We must have said those three little words to each other a thousand times, and I won’t speak for you, but those words, when told by you to me, are so powerful they awaken my deepest emotions.
I’ve often wondered how the sound of three little words can bring me so much happiness? Then it hit me; it’s when I hear you say them; I know you mean it.
When I look back at past relationships, I realize that when others said I love you, they didn’t mean it? When they said those words, it was the sound of their voice, nothing more, nothing less. It was just a sound, a vibration that broadcast itself as a mechanical wave of pressure and displacement through the air. Now that’s not romantic, and it’s certainly not something I should have given my heart away to.
But with you, I love you is not just the utterance of words; it’s your actions that bring those words to life. Like when we trade smiles across a room. When you instinctively grab for my hand in a crowd. That look in your eye when you wake up beside me each morning; Small unconscious actions that likely go unnoticed to everyone else but me. Actions that say I love you without any words, no sound passing through the air. I hope my actions speak the same to you because there is no doubt in my heart that I love you
Michael Jackson famously asked in one of his songs do you remember? I wonder do you remember the night we first met? It was the end of the year office party, and it was crowded as usual. Everyone looked forward to the year-end party; it was the perfect excuse to let off a little steam after another year of 12-hour workdays and never-ending deadlines. Plus, the year-end party was when the company usually announced what our bonuses were going to be. This being a good year financially, all our spirits were high with anticipation that our bonuses would be as well. All around the room, the usual party small talk, office gossip, laughing, and smiling was going on, and in a corner with several others, there you were. I knew who you were, I had seen you around, but I didn’t know you. I had been taken with your beauty for a while now. But it wasn’t just your beauty that drew me to you; your reputation as being one of the brightest of the bright and a fighter who was unafraid to think big and push the company to do the same was sexy as hell to me. What was a little confusing tough was just how modest you appeared to be. I mean, let’s be real beautiful people know they’re beautiful. smart people know they’re smart, and you’re both, but it did seem like you didn’t know it. You couldn’t have been more than twenty feet away from me, but it may as well have been twenty miles. I’ll admit it; despite appearing to be modest, you intimidated me. Then you looked across the room right at me, and I could swear you smiled, not a huge smile, just a quick little one as if you meant only for me to notice it. As the night went on, I couldn’t get that little smile out of my head. I looked around the room and found you, surprising all alone; here’s my chance, I thought. I summoned all my courage and headed over to introduce myself to you. Be cool, be confident, be self-assured, I said to myself. I’m no slouch; I’m a pretty good catch myself, you couldn’t just brush me off. Could you? So, it was with an air of confidence that I approached you, but let’s be real, that was just on the outside on the inside, I was shaking like a child on their first day of preschool after saying goodbye to their mother. The walk over to you seemed to take forever, but as I got near, you suddenly turned in my direction, and there it was again, the little smile from earlier that evening. Before I could say a word, you said hello, and our eyes met. That first look into your eyes settled my nerves; it was like I had known you all my life. We spend the rest of the evening talking and laughing, and every so often, you would look directly into my eyes and flash that little smile, and I knew for sure now that little smile was meant only for me. My whole life, I had been looking for someone like you, someone who I would know immediately was my soulmate, and that evening I found that person in you.
You used to be right there next to me.
We would get in the car on a summer day, top-down, and drive to nowhere, with no destination in mind. At each red light, I would glance over at you, and you would always be smiling back at me. You had a way of tilting your head ever so slightly to the right when you smiled at me. I doubt you even realized you were doing it. But I noticed that you only did it when you smiled at me, no one else, and that’s how I knew it was a smile meant only for me, no one else.
You used to be right there next to me.
Down the street, we would walk, no destination in mind. Happy as could be your hand in mine. We laughed at each other’s corny jokes and talked for what seemed like hours. Every chance I got, I glanced at you and were captured by your eyes. Your eyes always had a way of lighting up when you looked at me. I would laugh and tell you that you weren’t playing fair, and you would always say you didn’t know what I was talking about. Maybe you didn’t; perhaps that’s because your eyes only lit up when you looked at me, and that’s how I knew it was a look meant for me, no one else.
Now you’re not there next to me anymore.
The smile and the look meant for me; no one else is gone. I wonder if they belong to someone else. I wonder if you even know that you’re giving him a smile and a look that tells him you love him and no one else.
You used to be right there next to me.
That very first kiss, I’ll always remember that very first kiss.
It was unlike any kiss I had before, a moment of passion so powerful it stirred my soul and electricity so intense that it shook my body. That night it wasn’t just our lips that touched but also our souls.
I always knew you were different, that there was something special about you. Just the thought of you made sweat pour from my pores, my heart beat faster, and my emotions grow stronger. Never had I felt this way before, and to be honest, at first, I didn’t know what to do with it.
There you were every waking moment, even when you weren’t there occupying every inch of my heart and my soul. What is this hold you have over me, I wondered? Was this just some grown-up schoolyard crush? No, it couldn’t be; this was so much more. Then I kissed you for the very first time, and it all became so clear you weren’t just another; you were my soulmate.
Now some scoff at the notion of soulmates, no such thing they say, and some believe but say don’t waste your time looking because you can spend your whole life and never find them. But I need to search no more because with that very first kiss I had found mine.
I wonder, did a little bit of you transfer to me and a little bit of me transfer to you with that very first kiss? I think it must be because no matter where we are or how far apart we may be, we’re never truly alone. We’re always with each other. With that very first kiss, we gave each other the keys to our hearts and souls, and here we are years later, still holding on to them.
Let others wonder if it’s true because I know that it is with that very first kiss that a love affair began and my soulmate did I find.