Ebb and flow

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible- in life as in love – is in growth, in fluidity… in freedom.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 – 2001, American author and aviator, Gift from the Sea

2 thoughts on “Ebb and flow

  1. She was such an interesting and wise writer, whose life story was marked by surprising tragedy, between the kidnapping and murder of her baby and the trigamist, Nazi supporting husband. Maybe great suffering also brings wisdom to some people.

  2. While not familiar with Lindbergh‘s writing, I am touched by her words of profound wisdom from real life experiences. Her descriptions of our human nature and how to make it work are spot on. Thanks for sharing, Karl.

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