Resonate

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“Love is great when it’s lighthearted and fun, but it’s changing and lasting when it’s meaningful and deep. There is a big difference between the love we choose because it’s easy and the love we choose because it’s worth it.” -Brianna Wiest, Why a Meaningful Life is Better Than a Happy One

“When I woke up the next day, I looked over at you still asleep and I smiled. I felt an overwhelming sense of freedom, lightness, joy. It’s not just you that I’m free from, but from all the guys that I’ve had things with in the past. For the first time in a long time, I have a clean slate. You were my last hold out. The world is completely open to me now. I don’t feel weighed down by “what-ifs” or failed relationships. Hiding behind these failed relationships is no longer an option. Clinging to them to justify my world is no longer available. There is no one in the wings, no other prospects. I’m being forced out of hiding. I have no feelings weighing me down, no drama. I feel re-energized to focus on my writing, my passions, and my friends. Who knew that one tiny “what-if” could propel me forward this much? I think I was waiting for something to force my hand and it finally presented itself. Now I’m free and I can’t wait to see what happens from here.”  -Lauren Winkler, I Just Wanted to Thank You

All the many changes

Red: Sometimes it makes me sad, though… Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend. -The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Calvin Weir-Fields: This is the true and impossible story of my very great love. In the hope that she will not read this and reproach me, I have withheld many telling details: her name, the particulars of her birth and upbringing, and any identifying scars or birth marks. All the same, I cannot help but write this for her, to tell her,

“I’m sorry for every word I wrote to change you, I’m sorry for so many things. I couldn’t see you when you were here and, now that you’re gone, I see you everywhere.”

One may read this and think it’s magic, but falling in love is an act of magic, so is writing. It was once said of Catcher in the Rye, “That rare miracle of fiction has again come to pass: a human being has been created out of ink, paper and the imagination.” I am no J.D. Salinger, but I have witnessed a rare miracle. Any writer can attest: in the luckiest, happiest state, the words are not coming from you, but through you. She came to me wholly herself, I was just lucky enough to be there to catch her. -Ruby Sparks (2012)

Mon amour

“Tell me,” he said.
“Have you ever loved someone so much it changed you?”
“I don’t think so.”
“It’s like the whole world burst with color and music. You feel a oneness with everything around you. You feel connected. You smile at strangers and they smile back at you. And then you’re willing to extend every ounce of kindness to anyone who needs it. It feels as though all your questions have been answered. You suddenly understand everything. The world makes sense. And then you look at the person who brought all these wonderful things into your life. But he is completely unaware of his effect on you. You look at him and you know that he’s going to be enough. And you keep saying in your head, “Je t’aime, mon amour.”
“Wow,” he said.
“I know.”

The Greatest Gift From God

“Ah, ha!” he exclaimed.” Then it was love that changed your life! And with it you found God.”

“I didn’t say that, Joseph.”

“But you did, Matthias you did! When you discovered how much you truly loved your wife and sons, you found God. God is Love! If we love one another, then God dwells within us. You cannot have one without the other. And when we know love, we have also found the Kingdom that so many, who do not understand this simple secret, will never find. The Kingdom of God, Matthias, is not on a cloud. It is WITHIN YOU. That is what Jesus told the people, time and again.”

“And they killed him for his efforts,” I said cynically.

“Son,” the old man said softly, “I did not come here this morning to preach to you. Your eyes have already been opened, I know. What you must learn to accept is that Jesus was murdered because he even loved those who would kill him, and they hated him because he loved them. They could not comprehend his love, for it flew against all reason. In a world that demands payment for all goods and services, and punishment for all crimes, leaving no room for charity or mercy or compassion. Sooner or later, all mankind will realize that the greatest cure for all the ills and the wrongs, the cares, the sorrows and crimes of humanity rests solely in acts of LOVE. LOVE IS THE GREATEST GIFT FROM GOD. It is the divine spark that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, love gives us the power to work miracles with our own lives and those we touch.”