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The Beginning Of Love

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The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton


Written by MattAndJojang

December 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

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  1. Hi,

    I’ve come to your blog upon the recommendation of shoreacres. ‘The beginning of love’… how apt to ponder this inspiring quote during The Advent. Beautiful blog … I sure will visit regularly!


    December 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

  2. Thank you, Arti. I hope you’ll enjoy our future posts. God bless!


    December 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

  3. Believe it or not, it was my beloved cat who finally taught me this lesson. I wanted her to be a lap cat, to cuddle, to be a “good kitty” in all the traditional ways.

    Instead, she was stand-offish. She wouldn’t come when called, she refused to be held, she wouldn’t sit in a lap. She hissed at anyone who tried to force her to do anything.

    I was lucky to have a “cat person” around who said, “Let her be who she is. Let her have the right to her own personality. Let her show you what other gifts she has.”

    Now, we love one another. She still won’t sit in my lap, but she loves to be brushed, and curls at my feet waiting for “her time”. She lies on the bed and night, and wakes me in the morning with a purr. She’s the “perfect kitty” now – but perfectly herself.

    Thomas Merton would understand – and I think, approve.


    December 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

  4. I agree, Linda… 🙂

    Life has a way of teaching us the lessons we need to learn in unexpected ways. Your experience with your cat has certainly given a fresh perspective on this quote from Thomas Merton…



    December 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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