You have to love. You have to feel

2 Sep

“Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.

You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

~ Louise Erdich, The Painted Drum


I understood the message found in this poem last year at what I thought was my darkest moment.  My darkest moment led me to the tunnel filled with light. As the upcoming Jewish New Year looms ahead of me, I wonder what G-d has in store for me, for us and for my newly created family.

Needless to say, G-d blessed me greatly this past year. May the future hold even more blessings for my family and friends.


(h/t unscrupulous man eater for posting this poem on her blog)


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