Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thoughts On Love

I found this website through Pinterest:  Tinsel & Twine.  I found this to be an especially inspiring way to look at love and the evolution of it... whether marriage is involved or not:

For couples that aren’t particularly religious, there are any number of beautiful and equally poignant readings to share during your ceremony. Like — one of our personal favorites — this excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin:
“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
I believe that we can always have periods of our relationships where we feel more "in love" than at other times but that doesn't make a long-lasting love any less valuable.  Love is more than a word or feeling but something we must continually practice.  The more we practice it the stronger it can remain.

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