The greatest act of love.
I’d heard it before – the romantic notion of giving up everything and anything so that the one person you truly love could be happy, with or without your presence. There was always something that sounded so heroic and epic about it.
Now I know how it feels.
All I ever wanted was for us to beat the odds. But statistics don’t lie. The dreams, the plans, it all faded away so quickly, but after all this time, I’ve finally realised that what’s most important is for us to be happy, whether it be together or with other people. It was always us against them back then, but that misguided notion led to nothing but unrealistic expectations and promises that could never be kept.
But without those lessons, where would I be? If there’s no suffering, no pain or healing, how do we learn? How do we appreciate the beauty and the greatness of what we have when we have it?
How do you go about this the next time? Love fiercely, but accept that it may not last forever. Don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Never say never. Never say forever.
Know that the people you meet will either be a part of your dreams when they come true, or will help you find your way to bigger things. Think of it as a win-win situation.
Don’t let people’s actions and words define your happiness. They can be a reason for your happiness, but don’t ever let them be the only reason.
And, at the end of it all, don’t breed hate, cherish the memories and hope for the best, because if it doesn’t work out, there’s always a good reason.
And even if you miss the way things were every now and then, remember:
The greatest act of love is sacrifice.
So make a sacrifice today and let them be happy, even if it means you can never see that happiness or be a part of it.
It's not about whether or not to sacrifice, it's about what you are willing to sacrifice. As the old adage goes, "If you love someone, then you are willing to set them free." I see that in this piece. So many times we forget that sometimes the greatest sacrifice we can make is to let someone move on.
Very thought provoking - as usual
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