Soulful Sunday

Enjoying the words of Tracy McMillan this morning. She poses the questions:

Where do I need to love myself more?

What is it that I am here to learn?

What is it that I believe about myself that this situation is showing me?

This week I was watching one of my favorite TV reality shows. It happened to feature a wedding ceremony, and I will admit I found myself tearing up. The bride and groom exchanged vows that were simple, honest and loving. I began to wonder. It seems like in modern society couples are marrying as quickly as they divorce. I have become a bit cynical in regards to marriage, wondering why do we still do it? Some of us are fighting for the right to marry, and yet the myth of a marriage that lasts a lifetime seems like just that, a myth. Why do we get dressed up, buy a gift and endure a ceremony…knowing that the vows of devotion won’t last? Are we kidding ourselves? But then, while sitting alone in my house, tearing up at the lovely words of a bride and groom, the realization came. In a world of chaos and confusion we often focus on what is worth fighting for. Life seems like a battle against the odds when newspapers list tragedy after tragedy. In spite of this, or perhaps because of it…we still put on our nice clothes, wrap the gift and attend a wedding ceremony full of best wishes. Because, at the heart of it, we are acknowledging what is worth loving for. Somewhere in the chaos and confusion, two people have connected and shared their love with the world. We honor that love exists, and will continue existing. So, it doesn’t matter so much how long it lasts, although we hope it endures. The fact that love exists at all is worthy of celebration.

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