I don’t know how I managed it, but I started off searching for information regarding Tom Hanks new movie Sully and ended up reading about Gerald G May! WTH??!! I am excited for Tom’s new movie but know I have this buzz zipping through my veins. I should be feeling a slow sensual burn but Gerald’s poem has affected me in a completely different way.
I tend to think of these situations as my “light bulb” moment. Its like being hit over the head… with a fluffy pillow 🙂 It’s snaps me out of what ever I was thinking a leaves me feeling empowered. I was worrying about Mitchell taking my daughter to the dentist, about bills, family…friends… movies – then everything became centred.
It’s nice to read a simple phrase and remember what is most important. The bills will always be there, but isn’t it nice to remember what we are on this earth? Sounds deep doesn’t it? – yeah – I scare myself sometimes! 🙂
Gerald G May spent the first half of his adult life as a psychiatrist for the U.S Air Force. He then moved on to treat patients at the Spring Grove Hospital Center and Patuxent Correctional Mental Health Center of the Maryland state prison system. Later in his career he conducted workshops in regards to contemplative theology and psychology. Gerald used his knowledge and life skills to write several books aimed at combining spiritual direction with psychological treatment. Not only was he a smart cookie, he was had a heart of gold.
Gerald G May was married for 43 years to Elizabeth Jane Clark and had three sons and a daughter. He passed away in April 2005, but thankfully his views and knowledge remain with us today.
Read his beautiful poem below and please, leave a message below and let me know what you thought of it.
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Poem of love by Gerald G May
“There is a desire within each of us,
in the deep center of ourselves
that we call our heart.
We were born with it,
it is never completely satisfied,
and it never dies.
We are often unaware of it,
but it is always awake.
It is the Human desire for Love.
Every person in this Earth yearns to love,
to be loved, to know love.
Our true identity, our reason for being
is to be found in this desire.
Love is the “why” of life,
why we are functioning at all.
I am convinced
it is the fundamental energy
of the human spirit.
the fuel on which we run,
the wellspring of our vitality.
which is the flowing,
creative activity, of love itself,
is what makes all goodness possible.
Love should come first,
it should be the beginning of,
and the reason for everything.”