Hollywood, That Is Love

Movies By The Mouse
Movies By The Mouse

Some people close to us live a love life like a movie script. The script that balances the ups and downs, but focuses on the ups while never sugar-coating the downs. here’s a perfect example…

My friend, Patty Hebert returns to offer a great example of what Love really is.

Movies, especially those not produced by The Mouse, flood the media and bombard our senses with their own branding of love. In many, like the 1999 remake of the Thomas Crown Affair, love’s passion is drunken, explosive, violent and pushing the envelope on abusive. And if we buy into these ideals and believe in alcohol pouring off of cleared off tables and embraces met and returned on cold marble stairs, then we are setting ourselves up for catastrophic failure. For when the glass and alcohol are cleaned up; what’s left?

As my husband and I grow older together, I am reminded of my grandparents, who shared a worldly love for over 65 years. Better than the movies, in daily living color, they lived the tenet that love is a decision and a promise made to each other. It’s not glamorous or wrapped up in fine arts, jewels or fast cars, but instead it is subtle and keep alive with daily small, almost hidden, acts of kindness. And yes, my grandparents had their moments, like all couples. But their promise to each other enabled them to put their differences aside, and find the solution that would bring them back together.

Later in life, when my grandparents required more care, they moved in with my aunt and uncle, and there, I got to witness the most profound gift of their love. Each and every evening, when they were tucked into bed, as they fell asleep, my grandparents held hands. Just as in the day, whatever the night time brought, they would face it together. Hollywood, that is love.

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What Is Love?

The Ride Is For Life
The Ride Is For Life

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”

-St. Augustine

How does St Augustine’s definition compare with your definition of Love?

Life and love are never easy. Everything requires work. Hard work.

Today’s a new day, a fresh opportunity. Do what you do – with Love.

Or, you could opt to do the opposite. But don’t complain if your results are not what you hope or wish for.

Hard work is the only way.