Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The Four Loves: C.S. Lewis
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will becomeunbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. "
Profound, buy yet so true. Love is not easy, and coupled with life's challenges it is increasingly harder to live a life so deeply penetrated and devoted to this one word: Love. Pursue your dearly loved and treasured relationships. Healthy and whole lives encompass every single facet of living, from the inside out. Relationships with others and a relationship with your creator are so essential. Live and be well.