Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.
If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others.
And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.
When you are in love, you learn to love the things that you once never cared about because the person you love cares about them. This is why Christ told us that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God; when we love God we love others, we love the orphans and the widows. We love the world even when it hates us, we desire to see people healed and love restored.
You want to change the world? Then you need to start loving God in such a way that your entire world changes. That is the beauty of transformational love; it doesn’t just affect you, it affects all those around you.
God is love. I don’t say the heart doesn’t feel a taste of it, but what a taste. The smallest glass of love mixed with a pint pot of ditch-water. We wouldn’t recognize that love. It might even look like hate. It would be enough to scare us - God’s love. It set fire to a bush in the desert, didn’t it, and smashed open graves and set the dead walking in the dark. Oh a man like me would run a mile to get away if he felt that love around.
For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you.”…The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.
life is so short, please don’t be afraid to love freely love generously love as much or as little as you want to—say ‘i love you’ when you hang up the phone or share a sandwich or say goodbye before long trips, or don’t say it at all—say it in gestures or smiles or hugs or unspoken looks of mutual understanding. it’s okay to wear your heart on your sleeve and it’s okay to keep it bundled up under parkas and sweaters and endless layers of emotional padding. fall in love all the time or not at all, fall in love with the person who lets you borrow their pen or asks you how your day is, fall in love with places or times of day, fall in love with words and ideas and things—love doesn’t have to be a person, love can be your favorite pair of shoes or the way your shampoo smells. love however you’re comfortable, love however makes you happy.
“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate beings condemning them to spend their lives in search for their other halves.”
~Plato’s The Symposium.
How many times will I reblog this? “Always.”
One of the most beautiful myths around the origin of love. I found remarkable that the Greeks thought about the original beings as male-male, male-female and female-female. That’s how superior their society was
^^ anyone know if that last bit is true?
Well, that last bit is quoted in Annie On My Mind which makes it gospel. No further questions.
Also the answer is yes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soulmate
( I don’t necessarily believe in soul mates. But I do think the idea that we’re made to be part of two is true. )
Listen to me, you can’t fix people.
Your love won’t make him stop hating his father
and your devotion won’t cure her of her childhood.
All you can do is be there, violets sprouting out
from your ribs, acceptance on your lips, your own
wounds still bleeding and all you can do is be there
and sometimes that’s enough, sometimes that’s everything.
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