Love Is Risky Business – But It’s Worth It

“Love hurts” sang the rock band, Nazareth, in 1975. But, the only alternative to never being heart-broken is to never allow oneself to love. So goes the saying, “It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.”

C.S. Lewis comments:

“Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping [your heart] intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”  (from “The Four Loves”)

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