Time flies...

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide

What is Love?

Ask any teenager or senior citizen, “What is love?” and their answers reflect a similar influence. Love involves feelings, romanticized by music, literature, and media. We all yearn to recreate that intimacy based on what seems so ideal. Our deepest longings shape what defines love -  fervor (passionate), flawless (perfect), and fulfillment (joy). 

When we express love, we develop a strong emotional attachment, anticipating our love to be returned. What do I receive out of the relationship? What’s my level of contentment? Our feelings focus upon discovering that one individual who satisfies all our heart’s desires. Sadly, what nourished and warmed our love for one season often withers and grows cold. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

The Cost of Giving

What is love if not costly? Real love demands sacrifice that can’t be found in self-centeredness. You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. Sacrificial love requires that we give what we value most: our hearts, minds, souls, and strength. Real love does not always follow our natural inclinations; it is not an impulse from feelings. 

Love can only be understood from the actions it prompts. When we bear with the failings and weaknesses of others, divine love reveals itself. At all costs, this love compels us to give so that we alleviate the suffering of others. Instead of seeking to fulfill our emotional and physical needs (receiving), we humbly give of ourselves…

(#nowplaying Tom Odell - Another Love)

“Losing emotion
Finding devotion
Should I dress in white and search the sea
As I always wished to be - one with the waves
Ocean Soul”

Golden days are so far away
There’s a black rain up above
Out on the wind you hear her call
She’s under your skin and you drift away

She spreads her wings when she’s gonna fly, the crow…
If you make her sing when she’s coming she will let you know…

Her frozen hand takes your breath away
As she leads your soul through the dark
You know that she came to break your heart
But oh when she moves you fall in love again

~ HURTS - The Crow