If we care for one another, we deny ourselves and may even sometimes get hurt. It is worth the risk. The cost of not daring to love is to miss the point of our existence entirely.
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“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
To have perfect love, we have to become children again and learn how to trust and give all we have to the beloved. But we must also be aware that love brings with it responsibility.
Keeping this in mind is not nostalgia, but rather an embrace of all that has gone into making up a full-grown human being.
The past is part of who we are. We are made up of imagination and memory and dearly-won virtues.
Adults aren't disappointing because they have grown bigger, or got jobs, or taken on responsibilities.
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
To the Little Prince, the desert is not about the harsh realities of survival or what the eye can see. A desert is a place of beauty because somewhere, somewhere hidden amongst the piles of sand there is a spring, and this hidden water, in turn, provides beauty and life and love to the weary ship-wrecked travelers.
It is a feeling of being obsessive or fixated about a person as if one has found an oasis in a desert of nothingness. Insisting that the relationship will work out exactly as you want can be a frustrating experience when confronted with reality.
It may seem like the person that is the object of our affection holds the key to our happiness, which is never true. It is good to know that what you are dealing with is your own mind, not the other person, and are placing your chances of happiness at something beyond your control.
Denmark is famous for being one of the happiest countries in the world.
It is known for being one of the most egalitarian countries in the world and its high levels of wellbeing are often attributed to its welfare system, where higher taxes provide free healthcare, school and university education, and government spending on children and the elderly is higher per capita than any other country in the world.
The softer and kinder our words, the less defensive we become.
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