On this Valentine’s Day...
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could – Louise Erdrich
A cute story as told by a friend:
When I was a young child, my mother used to tape silhouette figures of cupid on a few of the walls in our house as Valentine’s Day approached. And being a youngster, I never quite understood why it was that she did that. When I asked she’d say that cupid (whoever that was) would be visiting me while I slept and would shoot an arrow of love through my heart.
The tooth fairy is a better story; at least you wake up with money under your pillow.
Of course as a child that didn’t exactly sound like it was a good thing to have some unknown figure shoot an arrow through my heart. I saw what happened to those so unlucky on television when I’d watch the adventures of Robin Hood. But my mom tried to reassure me that it wasn’t like that.
The next morning we’d get a card and some chocolate; and at school girls would send me cards saying be my Valentine.
And now as a grown man I understand love isn’t something you get to plan on your own terms. It’s something, some magic or energy that overtakes you like an arrow in the night while you sleep. One whose purpose is to set us free.
It’s all a mystery to me, but without love, life would be meaningless and empty. So embrace love every day; not just today!
…on this Valentine’s Day