Too much love?

26 09 2004

music: Saucy Sailor by the Wailin’ Jennys

I’ve gotten some interesting responses to the “Can you love someone too much” question. If you want to check them out, see the comments under my sept 24th blog. I think both Katie and Sol have very valid points and I have to admit that I asked the question with an answer already rolling around in my head (surprisingly similar to my responses) but I wanted to see what people had to say about it. Actually the first time I asked it was in response to a pretty pessimistic mood, but then I reasked it because I wondered what people would actually say. I especially like what Sol said about loving your neighbor as yourself and how loving yourself is part of that, finding a balance. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you help others. If you give and give and give so much that you are depleted, what good are you? It’s something that kind of hit me this summer. When I mentioned it to Jen’s dad, he talked about how we have a built in tendency for self care, and that with that mind set it would be easy to slip into selfishness, and I think that’s very true. But I think there’s a difference between selfishly loving yourself and allowing your ego, fears, desires, and/or instincts rule your decisions, and really loving yourself, like God does. In a smart, sometimes painful way. Sometimes God’s love hurts because it’s so backwards from what we are doing.

Today some very wonderful things have happened. Going to church was one of them, and catching (big huge smile for a phone call I just got!!!! 😉 [I have to interrupt this blog for two seconds and say that I’m dating a wonderful young man, if he can deal with me when my hormones are off balance, he can deal with anything 🙂 ] ok, back to my day…..catching up with Mary my mentor, lunch with a couple from my church, a nice nap, some good girl time, a fun new game from Senegal, having a good catchup/ talk about faith session with Jen, and learning to pronounce the French in the new aria I’m working on. Umm…..and I actually got some homework done! It’s been a GOOD day! Sleep well everyone. Goodnight beautiful world.

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