(Excerpt from the upcoming book “Four Love Vows”)
“Why does Love end?” Asked the young Sparrow to the Owl
“Who told you that Love has an end?” – Reply the Owl
“No one, I just deduced.” – continued the Sparrow. Some days the energy of Love is around, and I’m able to fly free and high. Other days, the air is so thick that it hurts to flap my wings.
The Owl came very close to the Sparrow and whispered softly into his ear:
“Love has no beginning and no end. Love is. Love has always been and always will be. Love does transform, and when it does, it cannot carry couples along that are emotionally apart. Nevertheless, it is Love still. What drags your wings is not Love but resentment. The Love that has transformed is still around, but people choose to punish, hate, and hurt past lovers. It makes me wonder… have they truly loved at all?”
“How do I know if what I feel is the pain of Love or just resentment, Mr. Owl?”
“When we genuinely love someone, we let our lovers choose what is best for them, even if it’s not what we want. True Love allows us to exercise a type of freedom that is the hardest because we give ourselves permission to accept their freedom without any ‘buts’ or ‘however.’ They walk away from us free.
The Owl continued:
“On the other hand, resentment is a prison. We lock ourselves out in the emotional captivity of the pain that lingers. We want others to be different than they are and do what we want them to do. It’s a losing battle.”
“Oh boy, Love is complicated.” – added the Sparrow.
The owl looked the Sparrow in the eye and said:
“Only for those who don’t know that Love and freedom are one and the same.”