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Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering,

Because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain.

The greatest pain comes from leaving…the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.

Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving.

And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair.

We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.

-Henri J.M. Nouwen

ruineshumaines:

Works by Robert Montgomery.


showslow:

Landscapes: Amazing grainy overlays of colour and image by tchmo.


“Look at the sky. It’s not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact deep blue. And over there: lighter blue and blowing through the blues and blackness the winds swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through: the stars! And you see how they roar their light. Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.”