Because we feel love deep within us, we seek to find that match in the world outside of us. Unconditional love has a purity seldom found in this world. It is rare and special. It lies within people and animals, but in people the unconditional part tends to be mixed with hurt and pain, making it less accessible. But it can be found.  

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In young people and in our pets, we tend to find the closest thing to unconditional love existing in this world. In them there is an innocence, an openness, a vulnerability that allows them and us to access that love. As adults, those qualities make us feel vulnerable, so we shut them down and wall off our love within us. In the very young and in pets, there is a freedom that allows a sweet susceptibility to love, an access point of connection.

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When we examine the cost/benefit ratio of openness to unconditional love or being safely walled off, we can consciously discover the balance we find comfortable, safe, beneficial and supportive. We can accept where we are and where we would like to be, and move slowly in one direction. Maybe we learn from our pet how to love. Maybe the baby shows us how we can be vulnerable and safe at the same time. It might not be an easy journey, but making it a conscious journey can make it fruitful and beneficial. Even one additional ounce of giving and receiving love is a sweet thing.

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