Love taught me to love back.

First, you loved.

Then, you gave

and loved again

with an endless love

 I couldn’t quite comprehend.

What is there left for me to do?

But to give all that I am back to you.

-by Keshia L.

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Hello there, stranger!

“What” and “If” are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?

-Lise Friedman, Letters to Juliet

What if I’d loved you then,

and I just realized that now?

What if your heart was true

as mine had always been in those times?

It doesn’t matter anyhow, does it?

It’s a little too late.

-by Keshia L.

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What If…

I already mentioned here before how I sometimes like reading novels by Nicholas Sparks. His book, The Best of Me, the latest that I have read, left me with what ifs…(just like the characters). I find it a little bit sad, honestly. I thought the characters somehow didn’t take their chance in love to the fullest when they had it. And it’s sadder when you realize that not everybody always gets a second chance. Truth in life is we make choices and we live with the repercussions. *Deep Long Sigh*

Anyway, surprisingly (or should I really be surprised?), Mr. Sparks carried on delivering successfully a very compelling story given this hard truth. I liked how the characters struggled to live with the aftermath of their decisions and tried hard to do the right thing. Sad and yet beautiful. That’s how I felt or thought about the book. I must say, it’s another delightful story of love and life, nonetheless.

“Instead, it had more to do with the sense that somehow she’d lost sight of the person she’d once meant to be, and she wasn’t sure she’d ever have the opportunity to find that person.”

“And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what if questions that could never be answered.”

“They weren’t happy. The otters knew they weren’t living in a real river. They probably didn’t understand how it happened, but they seemed to understand that they were in a cage and couldn’t get out. It wasn’t the life that they were meant to live, or even wanted to live, but there was nothing they could do to change it.”

(Notes: Excerpts and Photo from The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks)

Aye for Right Relationship

Done rereading Joshua Harris’ Boy Meets Girl.

Again, sharing here a few healthy excerpts .


“It’s not enough to simply have romantic feelings. Anyone can do that! Long-lasting romance needs practical, common-sense wisdom that knows when to let the wind of feelings carry us higher and when to pull back.”

“…time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once.”

“The problems we see in relationships today — the impatience, the lack of purpose, and the misguided emotions — are all expressions of foolishness. We need wisdom. Wisdom complements romance. Like the string attached to the kite, wisdom enables romance to really soar. It anchors it, disciplines it, and brings it to its highest potential. Again, the tension is good.”

“The right time and age to start pursuing marriage will be different for each of us. But the one thing we should all have in common is waiting until romance can be guided by wisdom. Then we can experience the season of courtship at the right time and the right pace with a clear purpose and a clear head. This is romance at its best.”

“It’s possible to exchange thousands of words with people and never learn what they believe or value or feel. It’s possible to fall in love with what you imagine someone is like, yet never see him or her for they really are.”

“For many people, the idea that a Creator assigns roles is offensive. They don’t want any person, any religion, or any God telling them how to express their manhood or womanhood. They reject the idea of God-given roles and do whatever they can to blur gender distinctions….

Since God made us in His image, we reflect something of who He is. Therefore, faithfulness to God’s definition of manhood and womanhood is faithfulness to Him.”

“God made women totally equal to men in personhood, dignity, and worth. They are no less important or valuable to God. Within the context of their equality, God assigned men and women different roles.”

“God expects you to make the decision. And God promises to bless you and work out His will in your life through your decisions.”

“But God is right on schedule. He knows exactly what He’s doing. He sees you right where you are. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t overlooked you. The circumstances you’re going through — no matter how difficult — are part of the very happy ending He has planned.”

(Note: Excerpts and Photo from Joshua Harris' book, Boy Meets Girl)

Lots of Love

Happy Heart’s Day! Sharing here a beautiful book that couldn’t get more real. It’s about love, the kind the world needs nowadays.

Here are some quotes I happened to like.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

“I want you to love me. I want you to trust me enough to let me love you, and I want you to stay here with me so we can build a life together. That’s what I want.” -Hosea

“A woman is either a wall or a door, beloved.” -Hosea

She gave a bleak laugh and looked at him. “Then I guess I’m a door a thousand men have walked through.” -Angel

“No. You are a wall, a stone wall, four feet thick and a hundred feet high. I can’t get over you all by myself, but I keep trying.” -Hosea

“You are free. You just don’t know it yet” -Hosea

“Though fallen low
God raised her up
An angel.”

(Note: Excerpts and Photo from Francine Rivers' book, Redeeming Love)

Synonym for Love

Last time I checked, it’s August not February so, why am I suddenly surrounded by people in love?

On second thought, who says love picks a month, anyway?

Funny that while I’m busy thinking the right next step for my lifework, my friends are actually busy fervently sharing their own love updates. And where is justice in that? (Hah-hah!) But to be honest, I don’t find it unfair…at all. I believe things happen to people at their own times and seasons. It’s just that right now, we have different priorities. I’m not saying that it’s not or won’t be my concern. Of course, it is. But not at the moment. (This is where the concept of timing…of waiting should get in.) And to prove that I am not unaffected, I do have, in fact, a synonym for love.

Love, if I may say, is a decision. It is a choice. Indeed. God gave us the freewill to choose who/what we want to love. It can be learned, too. With genuine commitment and effort, it may develop. It may grow deeper and deeper so long as time permits.

Told ya. I have. (Heh-heh!) And for the record, I am not jealous. No, I’m not. No. No. No. Okay. Just a bit. A tiny bit. (Hah-hah!) O_O

Okay, that’s enough. All I really wanted to say is that I found this again, an excerpt from Tuesdays with Morrie called Tension of Opposites. Perfetto!

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know you shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.”

“Which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins.”


(Note: Excerpts from Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom)