Fearless love and my affection for puppies that aren’t mine

I keep a quote book with me at all times.

There’s nothing wrong with jotting notes on a smartphone or texting a phrase to a friend, but writing a quote down will always make the words more palpable.

I was reading through my quote book or “journal” (it might as well be) when I came across a quote that resonated with me.

When one loves anyone, one loves the whole person just as they are and not as one would like them to be.

– Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

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I have gathered these quotes from a collection of books, poems, afternoons on Pinterest, and even an occasional keynote speech. You can gather inspiration from a plethora of mediums. In fact, over 50% of my quotes are from Disney movies!

But this quote has stuck with me for quite some time.

Why is it that we love someone?

Do we have a go-to picture in our mind of that person, from a specific fond memory?

Do we build up a collection of assumptions that make a person easy or hard to love?

I believe that many times, my thoughts rest with the latter. It’s easy to love someone who falls into place–into your rhythm of similar likes, beliefs, and values. It’s easier to give them the benefit of a doubt in any given situation.

Fearless love begs to differ.

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Fearless love, whether in the romantic, friendship, or cordial sense (thank you, freshmen year LART) doesn’t separate the “easy to loves” and the “not-so easy to loves”.

In any way we choose to show our affection, an authentic, agape love is fearless.

If a true, forgiving, patient love is the type one wishes to possess and share, knowing your friends, family, and acquaintances for who they are is essential.

PS – here’s some puppies that aren’t mine, that I miss & love

Puppies are easy to love fearlessly.

Feat. – Pippa Able & Piper Bales, the golden doodles.

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