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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Love Until They Can Hurt You

I was trolling for articles and blog posts about love, marriage, and happiness yesterday (I do this regularly) and stumbled across an article by Tani Brown about love. It is well written and makes some interesting observations about loved based on the movie Good Will Hunting. I was disappointed at its conclusion though, not because it was a poor conclusion, because the author stated that she has yet to experience what she had described in the article as true love. I commented on the article encouraging her not to give up and to keep looking for real love (what we call uplifting love). I hope that she takes my advice and keeps looking. My love for Cami and her love for me (coupled with our shared faith in God) has brought me more happiness than anything else. It would be wonderful if everyone could feel the way we do about each other.
The description that Ms. Brown provided about love, taken from Good Will Hunting, was:

And if I asked you about love, you'll probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone could level you with her eyes... You don't know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much.

I think that pretty much sums it up. Real and lasting happiness in marriage only comes when we choose to love our spouse more than ourselves and they do the same. It isn't one sided, both have to love the other more than themselves. Yes, you are vulnerable if you care more about your spouse than yourself but the trust required for this to happen is the foundation on which uplifting love is built. Then by applying the practices discussed on this site we can acheive Uplifting Love.

What do you think? Am I right? What has your experience been?

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