"Life is a series of pulls back and forth...A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match...Which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins." ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
I remember that day my friend and I stood outside a tattoo place for what seemed like hours. We had planned this months ahead and the day arrived for us to just talk ourselves out of getting tattooed. For me, it wasn't the fear of a needle drilling into your skin. It was the fear of commitment. Seriously, what could I want embedded on my skin forever?
Fast forward more than twenty years later. It was around my birthday this year and I think every time I turn a year older I get into this soul-searching, purpose-seeking, let-me-evaluate-my-life mode. My birthday came, and as always every year I am reminded of how much love I'm surrounded with. That whole week I walked around feeling like the luckiest girl in the world because I have so much to be grateful for. What I also came to realize, is that CHOOSING LOVE has never failed me. Every time I choose anything other than love it doesn't seem to bring me or the people I love happiness. But when I do, things always fall into place, maybe not right away, but eventually they do.
When I told my cousin Kevin what I was finally getting tattoed on my wrist, he brought up the fact that these words were quoted in one of my favorite non-fiction books written by Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie. THAT sealed the deal for me. :)
The week after my birthday, I was finally able to cross off an item on my bucket list. I got tattooed. This, to me, will be a daily reminder that no matter how life pulls us down, the only choice to make is love. For love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love always wins.
Speaking of the book, I'd like to end this post by sharing another one of my favorite Morrie quotes:
"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
Lots of love,