Falling In Love

It is a mystery why we fall in love.
It is a mystery how it happens.
It is a mystery when it comes.
It is a mystery why some love grows and it is a mystery why
some love fails.

You will never do anymore than take the life out of the experience.
Just as life itself is more than the sum of the bones and muscles and
electrical impulses in the body, love is more than the sum of the
interests and attractions and commonalities that two people share.
And just as life itself is a gift that comes and goes in its own time, so
too, the coming and going of love must be taken as an unfathomable
gift that cannot be questioned in its ways.
Sometimes, hopefully at least once in your life – the gift of love
will come to you in full flower, and you will take hold of it and
celebrate it in all inexpressible beauty. This is a dream we all share.
More often,it will come and take hold of you, celebrate you
for a brief moment, then move on.
When this happens to young people, they too often try to grasp the
love and hold it to them, refusing to see that it is a gift that is
freely given and a gift that just as freely, moves away. When they
fall out of love, or the person they love feels the spirit of love
leaving,they try desperately to reclaim the love that is lost
rather than accepting the gift for what it was, then moving on.
They want answers where there are no answers. They want to know
what is wrong in them that makes the other person no longer love them,
or they try to get their lover to change, thinking that if some small
things were different, love would bloom again.
They blame their circumstances and say that if they go far away and
start a new life together, their love will grow. They try anything to
give meaning to what has happened. But there is no meaning beyond the
love itself, and until they accept its own mysterious ways,
they live in a sea of misery.
You need to know this about love, and to accept it. You need to treat
what it brings you with kindness. If you find yourself in love with
someone who does not love you, be gentle with yourself.  There is
nothing wrong with you. Love just didn’t choose to rest in the other
person’s heart.
If you find someone else in love with you and you don’t love him, feel
honoured that love came and called at your door, but gently refuse the
gift you cannot return. Do not take advantage; do not cause pain.
How you deal with love is how you deal with you, and all our hearts feel
the same pains and joys, even if our lives and ways are different.
If you fall in love with another, and he falls in love with you,
and then love chooses to leave, do not try to reclaim it or to assess blame.
Let it go. There is a reason and there is a meaning. 
You will know in time.
Remember that you don’t choose love. Love chooses you. All you can
really do is accept it for all its mystery when it comes into your life.
Feel the way it fills you to overflowing, then reach out and give it away.
Give it back to the person who brought it alive in you.
Give it to others who deem poor in spirit.
Give it to the world around you in anyway you can.
This is where many lovers go wrong. Having been so long without love,
they understand love only as a need. They see their hearts as empty
places that will be filled by love, and they begin to look at love as
something that flows to them rather than from them.
The first blush of new love is filled to overflowing, but as their
love cools, they revert to seeing their love as a need. They cease to
be someone who generates love and instead become someone who seeks love.
hey forget that the secret of love is that it is a gift, and
that it can be made to grow only by giving it away.
Remember this, and keep it to your heart..
Love has its own time, its own seasons, and its own reason for coming
and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it, or reason it into staying.
You can only embrace it when it arrives and give it away when it comes
to you. But if it chooses to leave from your heart or from the heart of
your lover, there is nothing you can do and there is nothing you
should do.
Love always had been and always will be a mystery.
Be glad that it came to live for a moment in your life.
If you keep your heart open it will come again.

am going to sit here with you by the river. If you go home to sLeep, I
wiLL sleep in front of your house. And if you go away, I will follow you
– until you tell me to go away. Then I’ll leave but I have to love you
for the rest of my life.”
(from Paulo Coelho’s book By The River Piedra, I Sat Down And Wept) 

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