Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Illuminating what love really is

Artist: Ivan Aivazovsky

I've told you before, I'm sure, how much I admire this writer:

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.

-- Frederick Buechner

There are some very erroneous and unhealthy ideas out there about what love really is. I think this particular Buechner quote comes very close to verbalizing what love - the real thing, I mean - is actually all about.


  1. Elie, I will freely admit that Buechner is not a writer I am familiar with but I've now gone and ordered a couple of books of his on Amazon.

  2. Oh, I'm so glad that you find yourself attracted to Buechner, Cathy. You will not regret reading some of his stuff - of that I'm certain!

  3. Both the picture and quote are so beautiful, I felt compelled to share this post on FB. You're blog is inspiring. Thank you for being awesome. :-)

  4. Thank you, Anna. I really do need to get back to this blog. Lately, I've let it go dormant because I've tended to post such things on facebook.


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