Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Happy Valentine’s Day 2017!

February 14, 2017

As we reflect on “love” and the important people in our lives, allow me to share one of my favorite poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Originally published in Sonnets From the Portuguese in 1850.


Love Is All You Need!

November 7, 2013

Love is all you need . . . or so goes the Beatles’ song.  And to get to the point where you love somebody completely and unconditionally is a wonderful thing.  Unconditional love often refers to a state of mind in which one has the goal of increasing the welfare of another and it is this aspect that I was reminded of when I ran across this quotation by Angelina Jolie . . . let’s keep loving.

“We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” — Angelina Jolie


December 29, 2012

lovedemotivatorAs the holiday season (as well as the year) draws to a close, why not throw in one last demotivator to inspire us into the new year?  And, considering that Christmas was just last week, this one on the topic of love is truly apropos, don’t you think?  Fortunately for me, I don’t have the kind of job that allows me to purchase love and I’ve been able to acquire love the “old fashioned” way — from the heart and through my relationships.

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The Music of Hawaii!

October 21, 2011

According to Honolulu Magazine (June 2007), Aloha Oe was the first Hawaiian song to achieve acclaim outside the islands.  And, to this day it remains the most famous composition of Hawaii.   Written by Queen Liliuokalani in the late 1870s, it has been described as both a love song as well as a song of farewell. 

In Hawaiian:

Ha`aheo ka ua i nâ pali
Ke nihi a`ela i ka nahele
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka liko
Pua `âhihi lehua o uka

Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again

`O ka hali`a aloha i hiki mai
Ke hone a`e nei i
Ku`u manawa
`O `oe nô ka`u ipo aloha
A loko e hana nei

Maopopo ku`u `ike i ka nani
Nâ pua rose o Maunawili
I laila hia`ia nâ manu
Miki`ala i ka nani o ka lipo

In English:

Proudly swept the rain by the cliffs
As it glided through the trees
Still following ever the bud
The ‘ahihi lehua of the vale

Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
‘Ere I depart
Until we meet again

Sweet memories come back to me
Bringing fresh remembrances
Of the past
Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
From you, true love shall never depart

I have seen and watched your loveliness
The sweet rose of Maunawili
And ’tis there the birds of love dwell
And sip the honey from your lips

Words of the day: Mele (music); He mele (song).

Source: Huapala, Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives (

Source of Hawaiian terms: An English-Hawaiian Dictionary with Various Useful Tables, by H.R. Hitchcock (1968).

Hodgepodge of Advice?

September 30, 2011

I ran across the below quotation earlier this week (by an unknown author) and liked it immediately.  I also took the time to ponder each individual phrase and attempted to discern how my life reflects each phrase.  My determination: I could buy into some of them more fully, but overall, I think I’m doing okay. 

Without risk (taking chances), life would be pretty boring (I could certainly improve a bit in this department).  Never regret something you’ve done (save regret for those things that you didn’t do but that you wish you’d done).  Things do go wrong (all the time), but time marches on and waits for no one.  There is a much bigger plan out there than what I have envisioned for my life . . . sometimes you just have to “let go” and let it unfold!

“Live life and take chances. 
Believe that everything happens for a reason and don’t regret.
Love to the fullest and you will find true happiness in life. 
Realize that things go wrong and people change, but things do go on.
Sometimes things weren’t meant to be. 
What is supposed to happen will work its way out.”   
— Author Unknown
And here’s another quotation that is very similar . . .
“I believe that everything happens for a reason,
people change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right,
you believe lies so that eventually you learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together!”  
— Marilyn Monroe

A Parable to Ponder!

March 2, 2011

This was forwarded to me by a friend; it is a great reminder of how we should prioritize our lives.

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard.  She did not recognize them.  She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry.  Please come in and have something to eat.”  “Is the man of the house home?”, they asked.  “No,” she replied.  “He’s out.”  “Then we cannot come in,” they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.  “Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”  The woman went out and invited the men in.  “We do not go into a house together,” they replied.  “Why is that?” she asked.  One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.”  Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said.  Her husband was overjoyed.  “How nice!”, he said.  “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth.  Let him come and fill our home with wealth.”  His wife disagreed.  “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”  Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house.  She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love?  Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice, said the husband to his wife.  “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”   The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which of you is Love?  Please come in and be our guest.”    Love got up and started walking toward the house.  The other two also got up and followed him.  Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would have stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with Him.  Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!”

To quote a song by the Beatles . . . “All you need is Love!”