To become whole
first let yourself be broken.
~Based on lines from
the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything and your heart
will be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping
it intact you must give it to no one,
not even an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies
and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements.
Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin
of your selfishness.
But in that casket, safe, dark,
motionless, airless, it will change.
It will not be broken;
it will become unbreakable,
To love is to be vulnerable.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. ~James 1:12 ✝
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