To serve with love

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Hemingway this Wednesday on Write Tribe as the Wednesday Prompt :

Today, take your pick of one or all of these quotes from Hemingway and weave it/them into a story, a piece of non-fiction, a poem even.

“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”   (For Whom the Bell Tolls)

“Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”   (A Moveable Feast)

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”  (The Sun Also Rises)

“When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”   (A Farewell to Arms)

“When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.”   (The Garden of Eden)

To serve with love

To serve with love

He : Why aren’t you making dinner?

She : I thought we could go out for dinner today.

He :  This is the third night we are dining out this week!

She : So?

He : So? So? Money doesn’t grow on trees!

She : Oh I know that. It is you who earns it!

He : Maybe that is why you don’t feel the pinch.

She : Maybe!

He : What is wrong with you? You are a good cook and you always made such wonderful meals. What happened to that enthusiasm?

She : Just… Don’t feel like cooking anymore.

He : You already have handed over the dusting furniture job also to the cleaner. What is it that you do all day at home?

She : oh I don’t know where the time goes. I just open my laptop and before you know it is too late to enter the kitchen and start preparing dinner. I feel tired all the time too!

He : Tired? My mother is 20 years older than you and she still manages to cook meals on time!

She : Why don’t you invite her here? She can do the cooking for us then! I am sure she would love to interfere in our lives!

He : She doesn’t interfere! Forget it I am not getting into a fight with you! Get the kids, let’s go out for dinner!

She wonders what changed in her! The daily routine, the daily complains, the daily fight to live up to expectations? She didn’t feel like doing any of the things she enjoyed doing just a few months ago.

She remembers having read somewhere that “When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”  Where had her love gone? The romance had died in the first year of marriage itself. It took another 8 years and his hidden affair for the love to go too. Yes, only love can make you want to do and to serve.

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P.S : Kindly forgive the negativity in posts. It is completely intentional.  😀

Also I haven’t read the book and haven’t the faintest idea in what context the quote is used in the book. Must read it as soon as possible. 🙂

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

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7 Quotes that speak to me

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As part of the Festival Of Words at Write Tribe.

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A post a day for 7 days this week. Festival of words begins today.

7 quotes that speak to me :

1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

There was a time when I used to get irritated when someone said this to me. But as age progressed , I realized that being happy is what actually counts. Things always happen for a reason. Presumably good ones. 🙂

2. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe

This is the attitude that I adorned after I realized that perfection is just a myth. 

3. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost

Never take life seriously. Whatever happens good or bad, it is not going to last forever. Change is the only constant. And life goes on , no matter what.

4. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

People need to understand that life is not about being ‘like’ someone else. It is about liking who we really are.

5. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein

There are no breaks in life. You either move ahead happily or sulk ahead. Time doesn’t stop for anyone.

6. “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
― Albert Einstein

This is something that I really appreciate in people. We are all equal in the eyes of God. Unless of course, he/she is a criminal and deserves to die.

7. Where there is love there is life.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

This is the most important thing in life. Life cannot move on with compromises and adjustments. Life moves on only with love. And to love others, we must first love ourselves.

QUOTE : Doing Enough

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I sometimes feel that I am not doing enough for the world. But then the world doesn’t always do enough for me either!

QUOTE : Silence Speaks

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There are days when silence speaks and solitude caresses. Life might seem dull, but that’s when decisions get made and life gets better.