html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> From the archives: You are perfect and beautiful.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

You are perfect and beautiful.

It is a good day to be in love. You should be in love. You could be in love with so many things, like trains or trees or a high blue sky or a lover or a small nephew or a frisbee that is not too high for you to catch. You have a whole world full of things to be in love with, because nature was rich and intricate before we started and then people thought of ways to rearrange it and make more complicated things that show hours of thought and effort. You can be in love with grand romantic gestures, dramatic declarations of love and faithfulness, because people do them and inspire us all. You can be in love with, or maybe even part of a couple that has grown into each other, with easy touches as they pass each other in the kitchen and constant arrangements for managing intermingled lives and the blessing of someone breathing next to them in the night. You can be in love with people, strangers doing their best in all sorts of human fallible ways, with so much capacity for kindness. You can love a sweet girl cat, who trills instead of meowing and charms your guests, who is warm and purring every single night.

If you think that you don’t live in a world full of love, why, you can change that! You could compliment a stranger, or call your grandfather, or stop by the grocery store to pick up some granola bars to give to homeless people. You and your friends could drink wine and make Valentines with construction paper and stickers and poems and glitter, which you could leave in a park for strangers to find. You could pick up litter in a vacant lot. You could give enough money to feel to a person who needs more than you do. You could help a stranger write a book, for no good reason. You can create love, and put it out into the world in more ways than I can think of. You should do that. All that love in you, and a world just waiting for it. What a perfect match.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. It was exactly what I needed. -K.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here I was striving for mediocrity, and it turns out I overshot and now I'm not only perfect, but beautiful too.


7:59 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yes. Both. You are.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Megan's outlook on things always makes me smile (which is saying something considering Boston is under 6 inches of ice yesterday and today!) Hope your valentine's day went well!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I love this! I obviously don't live up to it right now, but I really love the way you put it...

11:35 AM  
Blogger Sheila Tone said...

Hug a random Beta!

8:19 PM  
Blogger ScottM said...

Nice thoughts.

9:29 AM  
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