Day 12 ~ The Four Loves and Day 13~ The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

Alas…on the occasion I find I have what resembles a life (or a really lazy day, I will let you wonder which it was…). That being said, I was unable to update, so today I bring you quotes for Day 12 and Day 13.

Book quote

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” 

 

There are no guarantees in life, especially when it comes to matters of love. To love someone can be a risk. You are risking your heart and the possibility of being hurt. But to never take the risk, to never allow your heart to be left vulnerable, also means you never allow yourself the opportunity to feel love. And without love, you will also never be given the chance to feel whole. Yes, you will hurt, you will cry, you will wonder at one point if it was all worth it. But when you look back on the times where you allowed for love, I believe that in the end it will all be worth it. There is no greater feeling than to love and to be loved. So take the risk, be vulnerable and in the end take the chance for what can be great.

Book quote

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Over the years, I have had many ideas and plans where and what I would be doing in my life. As I was graduating high school, I remember distinctly swearing I would never be a teacher. Many people said I would make a fantastic teacher, but I had other plans with what I thought I would be doing with my life. In my early 20’s my life starting taking a different path, and I realized that teaching is what I am meant to do and where my heart and passion were. As I was going through my education to become a teacher, I swore I would never teach Kindergarten. Nothing against Kindergarten, I just felt I wasn’t made for it. As I was completing my schooling and deciding where to begin my post graduate life, I was applying to many different places around the country, yet I never considered Florida as an option.

This was the thoughts I had as of July 2012. A month later, I was offered a teaching job in Florida for 1st grade, which I took. A month after that, to balance numbers, I was moved to Kindergarten. So in review, I swore I would never be a teacher, I would never teach Kindergarten, and I never considered Florida as a place I wanted to live, yet here I am living in Palm Beach, teaching Kindergarten, and absolutely loving every minute of it.

I never intended to be where I am right now, but looking back I couldn’t imagine my life anywhere else 🙂 I am exactly where I need to be.

~Elizabeth

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