Earlier in the afternoon, Li-Shia showed my an article in the March-April 2005 issue of the EduSmith magazine, which she picked up from outside the Counselling Room.
Entitled 'What is Love?,' it was a very enjoyable read, with some profound insights here and there. I share some below.
We don't 'fall' in love -- we 'rise' in love! Real love enables, brings and gives joy and peace. It brings out the best in us, creates harmony and happiness and thus facilitates our work and adds zest to life.
'Loving' a person and maintaining a loving relationship are two very different things! Good loving relationships are not a matter of accident but a matter of achievement requiring intense effort.
In The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Pech defines love as 'The will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's or another's spiritual growth.'
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in that recognition.
By God's grace, a ray of inspiration came down yesterday morning, and I was able to write the first draft of my Original Oratory speech last night. Miss Shanti finds it very promising, but it needs some work here and there, as all first drafts do. As Bono says, great is not the next-door neighbour of very good; it's in another world altogether.
So now I'm awaiting the second burst of ideas; but the title remains, 'A State Called Grace.'