The other day I had a very long and emotional conversation with an old friend. Much of it revolved around her youngest child. Despite all of her efforts to demonstrate her love for him, he’s not speaking to her. This has her heart broken. She loves him dearly and knows he is hurt and angry over some past mistakes she’s made, but instead of letting her in he keeps pushing her away. Advice from most people is, “give it time, he’ll come around.” And of course, don’t stop loving him. She desperately wants him to love her back. I’d like to think he does, it’s just buried deep inside his anger and his own struggles. But this got me thinking about the love we send out. Sometimes we get it back from the person we give it to and sometimes we don’t. Love is not always reciprocal but that doesn’t mean it’s lost. If it’s been sent out into the universe it will come back. A shower sent from a single heart may return as raindrops from many hearts. A kind word from a stranger, a hug from a friend, some flowers from a partner, a thoughtful card in the mail or just a smile from someone. They are all gestures of love. Shakespeare said, “Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.” When the inner self is strong, love automatically radiates and flows freely. And the more you give, the more you get. I pray for my friend and her son that they reunite one day soon and that they will share their love with one another. I know though, that, even before that day comes, her love for him will continue to be shared with us all.