99 Balloons

I shared the following quote in a previous post, urging people to take another chance at love after a failed relationship. 

When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you, yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you, believe in him . . . though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
Kahlil Gibran

So many people choose to be alone, afraid that loving someone may lead to a broken heart. Matt and Ginny Mooney had no such fears. They welcomed their son, Eliot, into the world knowing full well that he was just passing through. They cherished every moment that he graced their lives with his presence. And when the day came that Eliot’s spirit was freed from his bodily prison, they joyously celebrated his life and spirit.

Broken hearts can heal. And a heart that has truly healed emerges with an even greater capacity to love. No, a broken heart is not to be feared. Living a life alone, disconnected to others out of a misguided desire for “protection,” is the most heartbreaking choice of all.

To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.
Soren Kierkegaard






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2 Responses to “99 Balloons”

  1. pblock007 Says:

    Important ideas: love, compassion, perseverance.

    I do agree that living a lonely, disconnected life is heartbreaking. However, following many many lies and betrayals, how else to respond?

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    How does one learn to trust again? Well, my first question would be, Is the person who lied to or betrayed you a representative of every human being? Certainly not. There are many trustworthy people who conduct their lives with integrity.

    Has there been a pattern of people lying to and betraying you in your life? Or are you referring to just one person? If the former, it may be helpful to ask yourself what attracts you to enter relationships with such people. If the latter, perhaps it’s an isolated case.

    Do you conduct your own life with the utmost integrity? If so, you are likely to associate with others who do as well. If not, perhaps some soul searching is in order.

    I don’t know if you’re referring to work situations, romantic relationships, family interactions or something else. Are you talking about trusting people with your money, your heart, your confidences? The answers will vary.

    That said, life is about taking chances and seizing the day. WIthdrawing from life, relationships, etc. is ultimately self-limiting. Putting yourself out there, even if you get hurt again, is the way we all learn and grow.

    Gibran and Kierkegaard are not the only ones who advocate picking yourself up off the ground, dusting yourself off, and rejoining the fray. Sages through the ages have attested that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. Certainly, they knew what they were talking about, as do countless others who have had their heart broken only to find greater love down the road.

    If you’ve never had your heart broken, you’ve missed out on an important part of life. And that broken heart is precisely what prepares you for a deeper, more mature relationship down the road.

    Well, enough rambling. I hope something here has been useful.

    All good things,

    Phil

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