OBSERVATION: What Love Is and Is Not

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.
— Louis De Bernieres , British novelist , author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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  1. This is so poetic. It’s also pretty much a summary of what love is all about. When two people bring The Ultimate Giver of Love-God the Creator into their lives the partnership has a firm foundation and strength of agreement. Maintaining that partnership over time gives the roots proper nourishment and support making oneness assured.

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