If we remember how important we are to each other,
how we can be each other’s creator. . .
because we alone can see through our masks . . .
We will not pass each other by.

Love is stronger than any walls
So let us not give up . . .
I need you.
We need each other. 1
Contributed by Kristen
Open your eyes and heart up
to a more clearer way
of looking
     at love
             and life.

             I realize that . . .
             If I don't have wisdom,
             I can only teach you my ignorance.

             If I don't have freedom,
             I could only put you in a cage.

             It takes two to see one.
             You want to know who you are.
             I want to know who you are,
                     and who I am.

             Look at the eyes of the people around you
             who love you.
             They are the only people
             who will tell you
             that you've got dirt on your nose.
                     The person who loves you is going to say,
                     "
Hey, honey, there's dirt on your nose."

                     So if we get into an argument,
                     if we should disagree,
                     do we say,
             "That’s it, to hell with you, I quit.
             I'm not going to work anything out with you.
     Who wants the trouble?
     Why solve anything?
It's easier to find someone else
?"

             When difficulty or unpleasantness arises,
              and you feel you can't stand it anymore,
             is the only option simply to quit and leave?

             “Love is not appliance that can be turned on
             and off, like a light by a switch.
             It’s not really freedom to walk away and leave
             when a relationship becomes dull and sluggish.
     How could there be no regret,
     sadness, or sense of loss
     because a lasting relationship
between two people who were loving
seems no longer possible
?"

             To strive for intimacy
                     is a risk
                             and may bring pain.

                     But the only way you are ever going
                     to see yourself and grow
                             is in an intimate relationship.

             When I love you
             and you love me,
             we're like each other's mirror;
             we see infinity.

     If I want to know about me,
     I won't find it by living alone.
     I'm going to find it by your responses to me.

If you want to know about you,
You won't find it by living alone.
You'll only find it
through my responses to you.

When you explain,
     I try to see the world through your eyes,
     so that I can know and understand you better.

     I hope you to try to see the world through my eyes,
     when I explain,
     so that you can know and understand me better.

             To expose feelings
     is to risk showing your true self.
"What else do I have to show?"

To place your ideas
and your dreams
before a crowd,
is to risk being called naive.
Oh, I'm called worse things than that."

To love is to risk
being loved in return.
"To live is to risk dying."
I'm not ready for that.

Don't you dare shed one tear if you hear that
I blew up in the air, or dropped dead.
I did it with enthusiasm!

"To hope is to risk despair
and to try
is to risk failure
."

But risks must be taken,
because the greatest risk in life
     is to risk nothing.

     The person who risks nothing,
     does nothing,
     has nothing,
             feels nothing
                     and
                     becomes nothing.
Do not let the pain of one season
destroy the joy of all the rest.
Do not judge life
by one difficult season.
     Persevere through the difficult patches
     and better times are sure to come.

Live Simply - Love Generously.
     Care Deeply - Speak Kindly.
             Leave the Rest to God. 2
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From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017

Questions and comments welcomed.
No-one is an island. 3
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Sources:
[1] The Walls Of Love (Risking)
~Unknown
[2] ~Anon
[3] ~John Donne
Risking The Walls Of Love
S/he may avoid suffering and sorrow,
yet avoidance brings its own sufferings;
s/he simply cannot learn
and change
     and feel
     and grow
             and love
                     and live.

     "To laugh is to risk appearing the fool."
     Well, so what?
             Fools have a lot of fun.

             "To weep is to risk being called sentimental."
     Of course I'm sentimental;
I love it to tears!

             Tears can help to reach out
             to another
                     and risk
                     involvement.

             "Who's risking involvement?"
                     I want to be involved.

                             I see people who are always saying,
                             "
I'm a lover.
                     I really believe in love.
                     I act the part
",
                     and then they shout at the waitress,
             "
Where's the water?"

             I will believe your love
             when you show it
     in action.

     Each day I promise myself
     not to try to solve
     all of my life's problems at once.
     Nor shall I expect you to do so.

     Take it easy
     - you can't be the perfect lover tomorrow,
     but maybe next week . . .

     Starting each day,
     I shall try to learn something new about me
             and about you
             and about the world we live in,
                     so that I may continue
                     to experience all things
                             as if they have been newly born.

                 You're never the same person.

                             After tonight
                you're going to be different.
        Even if it only means a little bit older.

     Starting each day,
     I shall remind myself to really listen to you
     and to try to hear your points of view
             - remembering that we're both growing
             and changing in a myriad of ways.

             Starting each day,
             I shall remind myself I am human
             and not demand perfection from you
     until I am perfect.

     Starting each day,
     I shall strive to be aware
of the beautiful things in our world.

Starting each day,
I remind myself to reach out
and touch you gently with my fingers,
     because I don't want to miss feeling you.

     Starting each day,
     I shall dedicate myself,
     again;
             to the process of being a lover . . .
                     and then see what happens.

             You know . . .
             that I'm really convinced
             that if you were to define love,
                     the only word big enough to engulf it
                     would be . . .
                     life.

Love
is
     life

             in
     all
             its
             aspects.

     And if you miss love,
             you miss
             living.
                     Please don't