Sunday, January 2, 2011

* Love. Believe in it *

When faced with the uncertainty of tomorrow's fate, many people realize in those fleeting moments how beautiful life truly is. Their eyes open and suddenly all their senses come to life as if their entire soul had been previously congested preventing them to feel anything prior to that wakening moment. The air is sweeter; the stars brighter; humanity ... kinder.

But really, nothing has changed. The air was always that sweet. The stars have been burning just as bright for us all these years. The only thing that happened was that these people finally understood love as it was intended. Love for this universe and all the simple things that we take for granted every single day. Love in its purest form.

Love in making each day count. Because we only have each day as it's given to us. I for one have decided never to wait till my dying day to love the people (including the puffball) around me like they deserve, cherish the minutes to live the life I want and approach every opportunity with an open mind and open heart.

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On a related note about love, the following true life story of a couple on the Titanic inspired me to write this post.

- Isidor and Ida Straus had been married for 41 years at the time of the disaster. They raised six children together, and were almost inseparable. On the rare occasion that they were apart, they wrote each other every day. During the sinking, Titanic's officers pleaded with the 63 year old Ida to board a lifeboat and escape the disaster, but she repeatedly refused to leave her husband. Instead, she placed her maid (Ellen Bird) in a lifeboat, taking her fur coat off and handed it to the maid while saying, "I won't need this anymore." The officer in charge of the lifeboat was willing to allow the elderly couple to board the lifeboat with Miss Bird, but Isidor Straus refused to go so as long as there were women still remaining on the ship.

At one point, Ida was convinced to enter one of the last two lifeboats, but jumped out as her husband walked away to rejoin him. She was last heard telling her husband, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go." Her words were witnessed by those already in the lifeboat as well as many others who were on the boat deck at the time.When last seen by witnesses, they were standing on deck, holding each other in a tight embrace.

Their funeral drew some 40,000 mourners at Carnegie Hall.

A monument to them still stands in a Bronx cemetery, its inscription reads: "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it."



believe in love


"Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice.

It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. 
There was always a million sparkles on the water.

Like that mountain lake. 
It was so clear it looked like there were two skies... one on top of the other.

And then in the desert, when the sun comes up. 
I couldn't tell where heaven stopped
and the earth began.

It was so beautiful."


- Forrest Gump

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