When the one we love leaves us (Download)

By Michael Knight

Thursday 21 June 2012

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"Tis better to have loved and lost - than never to have loved at all"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

However it matters not, in which way we believe Tennyson meant the above, as those words were for him and him alone, reflecting his heart and soul. Yet to another, you and I, such words may indeed have a different more uniquely heartfelt meaning as we look deep inside for such answers to the riddles of love.

You never listened when I spoke
Nor heard my heart when it cried,
You never cared when my heart broke
Nor did you wake when we died

For the death wasn't the mistake,
It was not realising what we had was rare and special
For only love is the power of resurrection,
In putting that of another before thyself.

When all said and done looking back, it's certainly better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. When you can get to a place where you really become aware that you may not be here tomorrow, you tend to be grateful and enjoy everything about being here today.

With such precious memories, feelings and acts of love, is it not this that gives true meaning to your existence? For once illness, incapacity and death are upon you, the race ceases to exist. With this especially highlighting doing what you really love, and being around those whom you really love and care about — what else is there?

It has been proffered that Tennyson may have written the above words referring to a healthy love relationship with his wife, a love that was followed by death. Whilst understandable his love with his beloved was great and her absence even greater, he chose to not love again and instead perish.

For it's not so much that time is short one never knowing when the end is near, it is simply understanding to your core that life is precious. So why waste a drop when love can be again experienced over and over in so many new and different ways. For perhaps those who fail to do so, are indeed blind to the many new opportunities that lay before them crippled by the lack of vision, imagination and ability to change.

As we borrow Tennyson's words to extend our ability to love further, greater and endless, I am sure if he could speak today it would give him more delight than sorrow as he continues to live on for eternity through such a memorable and inspiring passage.

With love, kindness and peace

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    By: Rosalie from Melbourne, Australia on August 31, 2012 @ 3:55 am
    A truly beautiful article Michael, it really touched my heart.. God Bless you
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