Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love."

Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

4 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

I can see where this would work for her but I'm not so sure that it is always that simple.

I generally think that selfless giving does usually result in receiving more than one puts out.

But...

In those cases where people are determined to be self-destructive it is almost painful to watch and know that you can't do a thing to stop them. You can love all you want to in those cases but that doesn't mean that it won't hurt when they go up in flames or ruin other lives along with their own.

I'll have to think about this one some more.

2:36 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

From personal experience, I relate in so far as when you love until it hurts & become numb to the pain, you have advanced to another level- a more healthy love. One which frees you from the pain.

It doesn't hurt anymore... forgiven..
we have both been liberated... to carry on.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Bernie said...

I don't think love can exist without hurt. Love suggests that you care and things matter. No life and no person is perfect, so there is bound to be hurt.

6:01 AM  
Blogger puggimer said...

Ok, maybe I missed something, but to me if you love until it hurts then you are doing it wrong!

Love means being vulnerable, and being vulnerable means that you can get hurt. However it does not mean you will, or should, or should expect to.

And loving until it hurts, only to love more, sounds nearly like a definition of co-dependancy to me.

Love unconditionally. Be vulnerable and accept others love. No one goes through life without being hurt, accept this. But love is not about getting hurt - is nothing else then love should be about healing hurt.

10:43 AM  

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