Saying I love you is just the beginning...

Nothing creates intimacy more than the lucid articulation of feelings from one lover to another. They say action speaks louder than words yet nothing soothes the heart more than the declaration of feeling from the mouth of our beloved. True love is created through the stutter and imperfect attempt to place our feelings into words. The struggle to remain actively open in our expression of our inner terrain is to expose the rhythms of emotion, the shifts, vague dreams, sharpened desires, imperfect thoughts that make love flourish and grow from subtle and invisible to bold and profound. Infact it is only through the courage of sharing our inner journey with a lover that our hearts expand. Silence of withdrawal breeds contraction as the heart beats to a drum of emotional pain. Love is curious to know anothers inner mind and heart. Asking questions of another is perhaps the most perfect expression there is of love. A sharing of the delicate and insignificant thoughts heal the heart and make us feel that we are not alone. Speaking and sharing the nuance of our mind and having those words heard is salve to our souls and the beginning of connection.

Saying I Love You is just the beginning of the story. It is the sensitive robustness of communication that follows that is thrashed out and tested through time that is the true sign of enduring love. True love sees the other and will step up and fight for that love. Fighting to keep that flame bursting with light is the action and reflection of a love that comes from the inside out.

© Anthea Slade 2012

Written 25 April 2012

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Saying I love you is just the beginning… was featured in LIVE LOVE DREAM on 16 June 2012

Recently watching a beautiful English Mini Series called Lark Rise to Candleford I was inspired to write some small thoughtful pieces on love and life :) This was my first one. Just thought I would share. It was a satisfying journey watching through the four series, the language was exquisite and the dialogue was intelligent, insightful, human and full of connection.

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

  • :) Thank you my friend Guendalyn.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago

    Magic words !!! fantastic !!!! wow wow wow!!!!

  • Wow thank you so much dear Guendalyn for this positive response to my writing.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 2 years ago

    salve to our souls and the beginning of connection… beautifully said aussie girl and Happy Birthday… dear Anthea… hope your B day was beautiful… this work is well said as always you have a way with words as you paint beautiful strong feelings with words of widom and love from your heart great write dear xxx

  • Oh Rey thank you so much for this very beautiful response and birthday wishes. I had a beautiful birthday and felt happy all day. I love celebrating my birthday and growing older with grace. I truly appreciate your sensitive, generous and insightful feedback so much. Your words inspire and uplift me. I hope you are having a beautiful and inspired weekend dear Rey. xxx

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • Liz my friend thank you so much. Have a lovely day.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 2 years ago

    Well written and observed.

  • Sybille thank you so much for your wonderful feedback.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Del Millar
    Del Millarover 2 years ago

    Well written dear Anthea. Love not wavering, honesty
    present in equal measure, love properly without fear
    let each be themselves, and beauty of relationship is enhanced.
    I love you words actively providing for love to remain strong within
    the respect for each other; affirmation a constancy,
    a bond that won’t be broken by life’s challenges.
    Didn’t see the series,sounds lovely, I’ll look out for it coming oxo

  • So beautiful words dear Del about Love. I love the way you see love and relationships and for sharing your insight and knowledge with me. Such a joy and pleasure to read. It is a beautiful series. I bought the four series from ABC shop and was enthralled by each episode. I hope you are very well my lovely friend. Greetings and thoughts from Melbourne to you.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Del Millar
    Del Millarover 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday Anthea, love to you and a happy year ahead oxo

  • Thank you so much Del. I had a truly wonderful birthday. I love celebrating and reflecting on my birthday.

    – Anthea Slade

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    Well written and great depths of truth. Love is complicated no matter what, and seeing it through, making it last, most definitely involves all you wrote. Love, love, love this heartfelt beautiful message. There are fewer things so important. Hugs, shar XOXOXOXOXXOXOOX

  • Wow thank you so much dear my lovely friend Shar. I love your response and how you see love. Your support and generous comments are so deeply appreciated by me. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 2 years ago

    “Saying I love you is just the beginning”
    Perfect thoughts Anthea. Communication through the spoken word, body language, intimate share conveys oh so much…this is an affirming synopsis
    Love to you my friend
    Sandra xo

  • Dear Sandra thank you so very much for your poetical and insightful response to my writing. Such a joy to read and lovely to see you my friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • AnLile
    AnLileover 2 years ago

    Music to my soul Anthea. Hoping you had a happy birthday and wishing you an incredible personal new year ahead. Much love, xox

  • AnLile thank you so much for your beautiful response and birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day and enjoyed every moment. Love to celebrate. Your comments are always so inspiring. Thank you.

    – Anthea Slade

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