Courage dear Heart... Courage...

 "It doesn't happen all at once...
You Become.
It takes a long time.
That's why it doesn't happen often
to people who break easily, or have sharp edges,
or who have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are Real,
most of your hair has been loved off,
and your eyes drop out and
you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
But these things don't matter at all,
because once you are Real you can't be ugly,
except to people who don't understand."

From: The Velveteen Rabbit

"... Let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may..."

- Mary Jean Irion

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

- Robert Frost (1874–1963)

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

- Audrey Hepburn

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
- E.E. Cummings

She walks in beauty, like the night
of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
how pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
so soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
but tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

- George Goron Byron

My Darling, Ah, how good it was to hear your voice.
It was so inadequate to try and tell you what it meant.
Funny was that I couldn't say je t'aime and je t'adore as I longed to do,
but always remember that I am saying it, that I go to sleep thinking of you."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Forgive me Darling, for every word I say – my heart is full of you,
none other than you is in my thoughts, yet when I seek to say to you
something not for the world, words fail me. If you were here – and
Oh that you were, my love, we need not talk at all, our eyes would
whisper for us, and your hand fast in mine…"

- Emily Dickinson

"Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved,
Be calm – love me – today –yesterday – what tearful longings for you
– you – you – my life – my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me –
never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine.
Ever mine. Ever ours."

- Beethoven

I know you are out there... So, I will wait for you...

If I were to explain what you look like, you would have to look like a star, a son of the sun.

I will gain energy simply from the light that you shine on me when you look at me.

I will wait for you and I will know you,

because when you speak I will be reminded of Solomon’s wisdom.

Your ability to lead will remind me of Moses.

Your faith will remind me of Abraham.

Your confidence in God’s Word will remind me of Daniel.

Your inspiration will remind me of Paul.

Your heart for God will remind me of David.

Your attention to detail will remind me of Noah.

Your integrity will remind me of Joseph

and your ability to abandon your own will, to put God first will remind me of the disciples,

but your ability to love selflessly and unconditionally will remind me of Christ.

But I won’t need to identify you by any special matthews or any special marks,

‘cos His Word will be tatted all over your heart.

And you will know me and you will find me...

where the boldness of Esther meets the warm closeness of Ruth,

with the hospitality of Lydia in line with the submission of Mary,

englufed in the tears and praying of Hannah.

I will be the one drenched in Proverbs 31, waiting for you.

I will wait for you because you are the one I deserve.

You are the reason God has made me who I am.

You are the reason my heart is able to love so fully.

You are the reason I long to love with such great compassion.

I know that God did not place this kind of love inside of me to not share with someone.

I know you are out there, just as I am here.

Even in the crowded noisy places, I can feel you out there.

Even at this very moment in the still of the afternoon, I can feel you out there thinking of me...

You are my "him", the one God has created -just for me-

Reach for me and I will take your hand and always be true

I'm right here... and I will wait for you...

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.