how you fall in love again

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The first big storm of winter cancelled all the

flights. Like refugees, we lined up for word of any

way out. I felt you struggling 140 miles away. In your

grief, you’d been alone too long. I had to get to you.

By the time I reached the counter, no more rental

cars. I called around and found a service to drive

me through the drifting dark. You’d left the lights

on but he couldn’t get up our driveway. He left

me near our dented mailbox. I had snow in my

shoes and you looked worn. I kissed your neck

and we held for a long time. I watched you as we

went to sleep and fell into a dream. We were on a

raft, being carried by a slow flood. As the sun came

out, we were left on higher ground. Suddenly, the

raft turned into Buckingham Pond where we fell

in love over twenty years ago. We were younger

and you had your head on my lap. This was when

the sun lit your eyes and lips and hair and I said,

“I’ve never been in love like this.” This wasn’t a

memory but time travel during a storm back to

that moment that changed our lives. Then I woke

and you were sleeping next to me, bruised by the

flood, but still beautiful. I lightly touched your

arm, wanting only to be close to you.

~Mark Nepo

a more tender time and space lends itself to you now……remember your gracious heart, your timeless memories, and your heart that is always free…

inquiry for today~   how will your soften your wild heart, your deepest love?

 

Heartbreak, we hope, is something we hope we can avoid; something to guard

against, a chasm to be carefully looked for and then walked around; the hope is to

find a way to place our feet where the elemental forces of life will keep us in the

manner to which we want to be accustomed and which will keep us from the losses

that all other human beings have experienced without exception since the beginning

of conscious time. But heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being

on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find

along the way.

Heartbreak asks us not to look for an alternative path, because there is no

alternative path. It is a deeper introduction to what we love and have loved, an

inescapable and often beautiful question, something or someone who has been with

us all along, asking us to be ready to let go of the way we are holding things and

preparation perhaps, for the last letting go of all.

~David Whyte

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