Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lovely Words

I love words. I love readings, poems, essays, sayings, quotes, etc. I love things that grip your heart and inspire you when you read them. My fiance? He is a writer, and therefore perhaps too critical of words others have written. I'd love to have a reading at the ceremony, but it would have to be something that really "wowed" him. So until we find that, I'll pass along some beautiful words I have stumbled upon. This one is probably not exactly appropriate for a wedding reading, but I love it just the same. I found this one here. Enjoy.

"Gift From The Sea"by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (b.1906)

"When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides."

Do you have any lovely words to share?


  1. That is just lovely. I'll have to get back to you on some good prose..., especially to your fiance's liking...

    Thanks for sharing that...

  2. That poem is what we read at our wedding. I think it is very wedding appropriate...because it speaks to the reality of life.