“You can not swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” This is a quote by William Faulkner, Nobel Prize laureate.
This quote became my motivation to step out into a different world than the one that I had inhabited for twenty-one years as wife, homemaker, and mother; the world that changed when the “I do” became “I don’t”. It was my reminder that life goes on after separations, divorces, and even death.
When I lost sight of the shore, the new horizon held a new partner, self-employment, the publishing of two books, and a whole new spiritual dimension.
Take heart if your life seems to be stuck on the shores of strife…new horizons are just a swim away.
Some people will read no further than this title thinking that because of the word “thee” it will be of Biblical content. Not so. It is actually from the poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)…How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways. However, I am going to put a new spin on it because I am moved to do so.
How do I love you? Let me count the ways.
I love you with compassion in your thoughtless ways.
I love you when your ire is up and when your guard is down.
I love you for infrequent smiles that are your very own.
I love you in the times you let your inner bully win.
I love you more for times when you reign that bully in.
I love you in the many ways that you appear aloof.
I love you when uncalled for, you offer up reproof.
I love you though these things are not the you you’re meant to be.
How do I love you? Unconditionally.
Has the time come for all people to come to the aid of our world? Can we do with unconditional love whatever is in our capacity to do to heal our brokenness? Can we ask with Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”