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Monday, April 19 2010

 

Imaginary Relationships

 

       Ever catch yourself having an imaginary conversation with someone?  Maybe, you're rehearsing.  Maybe, just daydreaming.

 

       To some extent, every relationship – especially every relationship in its early stages – is an imaginary one.  We carry in our imaginations a picture of each other, a story we create – a story that is sparse, sometimes, on actual experience of each other and heavy on projection from within ourselves.  For example, the story I carry about you may say more about me, my desires or my fears, than it does about you.

 

       While I'm not likely to stop creating stories about you, I can try not to get too attached to them.  I can keep my feet on the ground and my eyes, ears and heart engaged with you – ready to experience you as you are, ready to discard or revise my story as you unfold in the reality of the moment. 

 

        Imagination is a wonderful gift.  It brings beauty to life.  Getting to know someone means getting real.  That's beautiful, too.

 

     

Posted by: AT 06:19 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, April 12 2010

 

 

 

Love's Surprise

 

 

Looking for an opportunity to heal?

 

Try having an intimate relationship.

 

Rest assured –

 

It will unearth any wound you have.

 

 

Disconcerting?  Perhaps.

 

  Has something gone awry?

 

 Have you made a big mistake?

 

 Is this some cruel joke?

 

 

Not to worry. 

 

Just relationship doing its thing: 

 

Inviting us to face ourselves,

 

Inviting us to grow.

 

Maybe not what we signed up for,

 

But richer in the end. 

 

Unexpected bounty -

 

Love's surprise.

 

Posted by: AT 01:20 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, April 05 2010

 

 

 

 

Two Truths

 

 

Nothing's perfect.

Everything's perfect.

 

 

Both truths humble.

Both give comfort.

 

 

Sometimes I forget one.

Sometimes, the other.

 

 

Hold both.

Remember as needed.

 

Posted by: AT 12:20 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email

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