Just Write {144}

July 15, 2014

I was trying to describe unconditional love with an analogy. So I compared loving a person to loving a favorite book, and it went something like this (I will paraphrase and elaborate, I’m sure.):

It’s as if you’re sitting with that book you love so much, and you say,

I love everything about this book. Its cover, its story, its words and lines and pages. And I flip through the book and I devour it and marvel at its colors and lines, its magic. And then I come to a page that’s torn nearly off. The paper dangles by a few fibers and I’m all, uh oh.

I could say, Oh look at that, it isn’t right. Not good. Not perfect. No way. I could toss the book aside, done.

That page might fall out. That page makes it hard to read. That page is ugly.

Of course a book can’t tape itself back together and sometimes you can help and sometimes you can’t. So I pray for the wisdom to know the difference. But either way, the torn page is there and it will maybe fall right out of the book or it will get mended or it will stay just the same.

Addiction, pride, selfishness, greed, resentment, laziness, scars and wrinkles and added weight of all kinds. We are all torn.

Love chooses to keep turning the pages of the story of you, gently slipping past the messy ones. It chooses to keep seeing the whole of you, a beautiful, epic, poetic masterpiece.


He said his grandma used to say that. I asked, What? Said what?

Oh, when the family would be talking about this or that frustrating thing about grandpa, something he did or some way he was that was hard to deal with, they’d say, “Ugh, what are we going to do with him?” And she’d say, “We’re just gonna love ’em,” like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

Because it is.


This is the 144th installment of Just Write, an exercise in free writing your ordinary and extraordinary moments. {Please see the details here.} I would love to read your freely written words so join me and link up below. You can add the url of your post at any time. Just be sure it’s a link to your Just Write post, not to your main page. There are really no rules, besides Just Write! (Then link back to this post in your post so people know where to go if they’d like to join in.) (Any links not following those two guidelines will be deleted.)

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Kimberly July 15, 2014 at 7:40 am

oh how I missed doing these!

This line here: Love chooses to keep turning the pages of the story of you…cannot be truer than true and it stole my breath away. I have gone through so many challenges and through love, I have been able to keep turning the pages in my life.
This is such a beautiful post.
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Kir July 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

this spoke to me , loud, clear and into my heart.
Love is that way too.

thank you for sharing these words with us.
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Sarah July 19, 2014 at 2:48 am

Thank you for these lovely words. You are such a talented writer and I so often feel like the words you share with us are a gift of wonderous treasures that glint and glimmer differently to each of us readers, thank you.

Eloise July 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hi, glad to stumble across you. Here’s my contribution to Just Write…
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