In Others’ Words: Brokenhearted
So my daughter, CJ, has been doing the graphics for my quotes the past six weeks or so. I find the photos, I find the quotes … and she puts the two together for me in a creative way. She enjoys being creative and she’s good at it. And letting her combine the quote and the graphic frees up my time and was a tremendous help when I was on deadline.
As I gave her the information for today’s post, she said, “You’ve used this quote already, Mom.”
“You’ve used this quote already — To love is to be vulnerable.”
Okay then. My reply was something like “Well, I haven’t used the entire quote yet, so we’re going with it.”
My favorite line of the entire quote? Love anything and your heart will be wrung and quite possibly broken. And to that: If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.
I still remember my family huddling around our golden lab, Midas, as we struggled to say goodbye to him. The tears we shed. The sobs that filled the room once he was gone. And that was two and a half years ago.
We love our pets fiercely.
We love people fiercely too. With abandon. Hearts become entangled … and hurt. Because what C.S. Lewsi says is true: While love is sometimes a many splendored thing, it is also a powerful force … a choice that leaves us open to hurt. To betrayal. To loss.
But if I had to choose a safe, dark casket or a life fully available to love well, I’d accept that love is risky business. And I’d risk.
In Your Words: What’s your favorite line from C.S. Lewis’s quote about love? And if you had to fill in the blank, how would you finish the sentence “To love is to be _______________?”
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