Love feels like this when he touches your cheek or when she holds your hand. You experience it when you look deep into your newborn’s eyes or when your golden retriever lays his head in your lap. You know it in your heart when your best friend offers a hug or when your grandmother wipes a tear from your cheek.
Love conquers all. ~ Virgil “Love always wins.” It’s simple, yes. But it’s a mantra by which I’ve lived most of my adult life. It’s helped me move forward through some really difficult times; times I thought I might not survive. But by clinging to this core belief like a raft riding giant waves in the ocean, it’s helped me trust that I was strong enough. That my body and soul wouldn’t give up. That love would always prevail in the end. And that, in fact, I would come out on the other side.
“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” Chinese Proverb Despite being rooted in the earth, trees still move and grow toward light and sky. This is due to an amazing and complex natural process in which soil, water, and sunlight all play an integral part.
“This is the meaning of true love, to give until it hurts.” Mother Teresa The simplicity and wisdom of Mother Teresa’s words always inspires us to dig deeper, to think more, to love harder. Such is the case with this quote. I believe what Mother Teresa meant was that when you truly love someone, you give wholeheartedly. It doesn’t mean you abandon yourself, but rather, you give all those things that are most precious and sacred to you—your time, your attention, your fears, your hopes, your heart.