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2.19.2009

Real Love Means Changing a Burnt-Out Bulb

This really looks more like love.

Forgive me for using another heart ornament image, but really, don't you think?  That this is more love-like than the other? The other was about that first bite, that falling, that euphoric-I-can't-eat-there-are-butterflies-in-my-belly feeling. This, however, looks like real, enduring, ongoing  love on so many levels. First, all those little lights that look like us  inside - oh, I think we are just full of light! - lights that come & go from our heart, keeping us breathing & walking & dreaming & loving. And second, it just looks messy, does it not? And goodness, love is just about as messy as it gets, isn't it? Things get so tangled up, a bulb goes out here & there, a fuse blows. But we keep untangling the cords, keep straightening them out, we replace those burnt-out bulbs - we even keep extra ones around because we know  we're going to need them. How optimistic  is that?  We don't throw out a perfectly wonderful string of lights when it just needs a little care. We keep fuses just in case, and if we're really lucky, we can even fix the cord if there's a problem, replace the plug. And as messy as it is, we're oh-so-willing to do it.

Love.
A funny, messy,
horrible,
wonderful thing.


10 comments:

  1. I want perfect words for this. I want to give you something as full of truth and as hopeful as this post. Here's all I have just now.

    Amen, sister. Amen.

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  2. Quiet possibly
    the best description
    of Love
    in the English language.

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  3. ...or for that matter
    any language.

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  4. how perfect is that?????

    And for the record, I thought both images were wonderful....perfect for each post that they represent.

    xo

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  5. oh i love this image... whatever that means.
    perfect

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  6. you have perfectly described LOVE. Nuff said.

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  7. Oh...this is so absolutely beautiful and true...

    And your images of your heart ornaments...LOVE-ly...:)

    xo

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  8. fabulous analogy, yes I think this is much more like love, tangled and messy, and wonderful all at once.

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  9. Yes, it is indeed all of that! Like life, full of imperfections. And to be able to love with all of the imperfections is a very profound thing.
    Beautiful post!

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  10. Relyn - I hear your Amen, and raise you!

    Anonymous - Wow. Thank you!

    jfrancis - And thank you!

    Jaime - It seemed pretty obvious to me. Messy & beautiful & happy-making. :)

    Polona - Thank you! I can just see a few of your beautiful words accompanying this image. :)

    Deb - It ain't easy, but so worth it. Thank you.

    Celeste - You just never know where the truth may be hiding. Who'da thought in a string of lights & a heart? However, they are not mine. They were outside a restaurant, and oh! I wanted to steal one quite badly, but a stolen heart seemed like such bad karma, and besides, I want all my hearts freely given.

    Suvarna - Thank you. It certainly spoke more about love to me. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one! LOL!

    Paula - All those imperfections keep us interested, I think. Keep us alert. Thank you!

    :) Debi

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