Today I wanted to share, right before Valentine's Day, the written word that can be so inspirational.
What does LOVE mean to you? It's a feeling yes, but it's something more in my opinion. Love is everything in life. And I'm not just talking about man and woman, etc etc. I'm talking the love for all people, places, your surroundings, your blessings, everything you own, your goals, ambitions, etc. If you've read The Power, you'd see that love is the main force behind everything. It can transform you completely.
Have you ever written a love letter? Well recently I did. There is something about actually getting a parchment of paper, and writing down the words. I wish people still sent letters, and I decided, I'm going to start doing that more.
So I'm going to share a love letter with you. Who wrote it you ask? Why John Steinbeck did. Have you heard of him? I sure hope you have. He is the author of East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men. Anyways, this letter is a "beautiful response to his eldest son Thom's 1958 letter, in which the teenage boy confesses to have fallen desperately in love with a girl named Susan while at boarding school. Steinbeck's words of wisdom—tender, optimistic, timeless, infinitely sagacious—should be etched onto the heart and mind of every living, breathing human being."
November 10, 1958
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First -- if you are in love -- that's a good thing -- that's about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don't let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second -- There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you -- of kindness and consideration and respect -- not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply -- of course it isn't puppy love.
But I don't think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it -- and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone -- there is no possible harm in saying so -- only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another -- but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I'm glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens -- The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
How extraordinary isn't it? He defines love so poetically. Yet powerful. Here are some other powerful messages...
|Love the children's responses :)|
One of my favorite sayings below. I love how much they use it in A Walk To Remember:
On that note, I want to end this post with the famous song: I Will Always Love you by Whitney Houston. What a tragic loss. May she find peace.
Listen to the words she sings...that's love.