Evan Sanders says fearlessly love…

“Fearlessly love. When you fearlessly love others, you don’t worry about losing them. I know that everything will end one day, which helps me stay open, but it also allows me to express things, say things, and do things that many might think are “risky.” What’s made me a better man than who I once was? I’m not afraid to take a stand for you being great when you can’t see it. I’m not afraid to say something to you – out of love – that you might not want to hear…but you know you need to hear it. I’m not afraid to lose you…will I miss you? Yes. Will I think about you? Yes. Will I reminisce. Yes. But there’s no fear there. There’s no fear.”

– Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project, August 14, 2015

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Sydney Smith says life is to be fortified by many friendships…

“Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.”

– Sydney Smith

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Evan Sanders says here’s what I learned about love…

“But here’s what I learned about love.

You have to love people in such a way that they are free. You can’t hold them too tight. That doesn’t mean you don’t love them with your heart…or pour out the unconditional love that you have access to…it just means that you have to finally grasp the fact that there is a natural coming and going of life and you can’t control when people decide that they need to leave. You have to love them when they arrive, love them when they are with you, and love them when they are gone. The one thing that remains constant through all of this…is your love.

When you love people and life in such a way that it can come in and out of your life at its own pace…in its own unique way, you are open to everything. You can soak it all in. The good. The bad. Everything. Then you’ve really learned how to cherish each and every aspect of this life. Because deep down at the core of it…the thing that runs everything – at least in the world I live in and the worlds of many who I revere…is love.

Love passionately. Love deeply. Learn to love without conditions.

When you get to this place, you finally start living instead of surviving.

– Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project, Email newsletter, 7/29/15

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Callie Khouri says listen with an open heart and an open mind to those who love you the most…

“Listen with an open heart and an open mind to those who love you the most.  You may hear a grain of truth that will later become the foundation of your entire belief system.

– Callie Khouri

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Stevie Wonder sings so long ago my heart without demanding informed me that no other love could do…

“For you
There might be a brighter star
But through my eyes the light of you is all I see

For you
There might be another song
But all my heart can hear is your melody

So long ago my heart without demanding
Informed me that no other love could do
But listen did I not though understanding
Fell in love with one
Who would break my heart in two

For you
Love might bring a toast of wine
But with each sparkle know the best for you I pray

For you
Love might be for you to find
But I will celebrate our love of yesterday

So long ago my heart without demanding
Informed me that no other love could do
But listen did I not though understanding
I fell in love with one
Who would break my heart in two

For you
There might be another star
But through my eyes the light of you is all I see

For you
There might be another song
But in my heart your melody will stay with me”

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Rumi says the heart is cooking a pot of food for you…

“The heart is cooking a pot of food for you.  Be patient until it is cooked.

– Rumi

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Thomas Merton says to love another as a person we must begin by…

“To love another as a person we must begin by granting him his own autonomy and identity as a person. We have to love him for what he is in himself, and not for what he is to us. We have to love him for his own good, not for the good we get out of him. And this is impossible unless we are capable of a love which “transforms” us, so to speak, into the other person, making us able to see things as he sees them, love what he loves, experience the deeper realities of his own life as if they were our own. Without sacrifice, such a transformation is utterly impossible. But unless we are capable of this kind of transformation “into the other” while remaining ourselves, we are not yet capable of a fully human existence.

– Thomas Merton

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