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We come to love not be finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

A life with love will have some thorns,
but a life without love will have no roses." - Proverb

Peace comes only from loving, from mutual self-sacrifice and self-forgetfulness. Few today have humility or wisdom enough to know the world's deep need of love. We are too much possessed by national and racial and cultural pride.   --- Horace Donegan

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.   --- Mohandas K Gandhi

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.   --- Dale Carnegie

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang Goethe

"Love is a gift, not an obligation." ~from the movie "Fools Rush In"

"Love is like an adventure, new obstacles each day; but to survive, one must not only love, but commit." ~Source Unknown

It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance
It is the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance
It is the one who won't be taken
who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dying
that never learns to live

Bette Midler - The Rose

I Wish I May

I wish I may, I wish I might
have you in my arms tonight
to pull you close and hold you tight
to love you until morning light
to be together all night through
you loving me, me loving you
a bond so real and also true
just being together, whatever we do.
I wish I may, I wish I might
have this wish I wish tonight.
If this wish does not come true,
then just please know I thought of you.

by Jill Michelle

"The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to still hold hands." Alexandra Peney

Beauty in Women
There is only one kind of beauty that can transcend time, and many women possess it. It is, of course, beauty of the spirit that lights the eyes and transforms even a plain woman into a beautiful one. Women with wit, charm and warmth, who are interested in others and forget themselves, and who accept each stage of life gracefully, are the lasting beauties of this world—and the happiest.   --- Deirdre Budge

We who have lost our sense and our senses our touch, our smell, our vision of who we are; we who frantically force and press all things; without rest for the body or spirit, hurting our earth and injuring ourselves: we call a halt. We want to rest. We need to rest and allow the earth to rest. We need to reflect and to rediscover the mystery that lives in us, that is the ground of every unique expression of life, the source of the fascination that calls all things to communion. We declare a Sabbath, a space of quiet; for simply being and letting be; for recovering the great, forgotten truths; for learning how to live again.

From the United Nations Environmental Sabbath Program