The Great Competition for Love

How odd is this thing called love.

Philosophers, poets, writers and film makers have for centuries written about it and tried to explain or define it, but the best we can do is tell or show some of the ways it reveals itself.

A young girl was showing grandma her dolls. She talked about each one, then lifted one off the shelf and handed it to her Gran.

“This one,” she said, “is my favourite”.

The doll was old, ragged and well-worn. An eye was missing, and the ragged material had long since faded. Granny was taken aback and couldn’t resist asking why this was her favourite.

“Well”, she said, “if I didn’t love her, nobody would”.

Is this real love?  What makes it so?

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First impressions can be misleading

A well-known Roman Philosopher had divorced his wife, and the talk around town was divided.

One day, he was standing in the market when he overheard a conversation going on behind him.  “Wasn’t she beautiful? Wasn’t she chaste?”

He turned around, took of his shoe and said, “Look at my sandal. Isn’t it beautiful? Isn’t it well made? But who amongst you can tell me where it pinches me?”

I often think of that reply and how easy it is for all of us to quickly make judgements based on what we see and think we know.

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So what’s with the lighthouse?

Apart from the fact that I like lighthouses and find them fascinating and mysterious, they seem to express the ideas and concepts I wish to write about.

 

Most of us would agree that the bright flashing light warns of danger.

I like to think that there’s another way of thinking about it. The captain of a ship may also conclude, “If I stay in the safe lanes designated on the map, I’ll be safe and have nothing to worry about.”

Over many years talking to people in distress, I have seen a strong parallel with the idea of following known and reliable paths. The problem is, not everybody knows about those paths. simply because they have forgotten about them, drifted away from them, or never had the opportunity to learn about them.

It is those safe and proven paths, I wish to share.

Some of the things you will find in the coming pages, will be familiar to you. Others may not.

I look forward to sharing with you, some of the paths I have seen, that are worth following.