Magic in M.T.’s Everyday Life #2
I came across this vine while walking through the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Not knowing much about plants, it struck me as something oddly beautiful. Luckily, someone who knew a thing or two about plants explained to me that the vine was called Dicentra spectabalis or bleeding heart.
It amazed me that nature also knew the shape of love.
In one of my favorite books, “Love Does” by Bob Goff, there is a story about a guy name Ryan who is smitten in love with his girlfriend. He first meets Bob and his wife on their back porch after waving them down and introducing himself. “Hi, I’m Ryan and I’m in love.” As total strangers meeting for the first time, Ryan fumbles over his words as he musters up the courage to ask Bob and his wife if he could propose to his girlfriend on their back yard.
Bob is taken aback by Ryan’s request to use a stranger’s backyard to stage one of the most memorable experiences of his life. Amused, Bob said “Ryan, that sounds like a fantastic idea!” Ryan was shocked. With kind reassurance by Bob, Ryan goes skipping back down the road almost floating with excitement.
Every couple of days, Ryan would come bouncing back down the path right on schedule as Bob and his wife were sitting on their back porch with the same silly, daydreaming, I’m-in-love grin. He proceeded to ask Bob additional requests for the day of the proposal, each one more audacious and innocent than the other. By the end of their multiple encounters, Ryan had enthusiastically asked Bob if he could have dinner with his girlfriend on their back yard, served by 20 of his friends, followed by slow dancing on their porch, and ending in borrowing Bob’s boat to sail down the bay, where he would pop the big question.
Bob was so taken aback by Ryan’s bold requests that he couldn’t help but to laugh. Ryan was clearly smitten in love reminding Bob of what it was like to be young and in love. Bob decided to go all in with helping Ryan get his girl!
The story about Ryan’s love for his girlfriend led him to ask total strangers to assist him in his elaborate plan to propose. It beamed with an unselfish desire to make another person happy. Ryan’s contagious joy and enthusiasm spread to everyone around him, including Bob and his wife, because that is what love does. It spreads like wildfire.
Love truly does incredible things. It has no fears, boundaries or limits. It dissipates the darkness with its light. It changes a person in remarkable ways and leads them to do things that they never thought they would do.
Love can turn strangers into friends and gives us hope for a better tomorrow. It allows us to express ourselves in ways that makes us feel glad to be alive. It is more than just a feeling, it is an action, a way of living. It is a universal bond that connects us through conversations, relationships, friendships that bring meaning into our lives.
I can’t help but think that when God was creating this Earth, he planted reminders of his love for us in subtle places within this world. It makes me wonder if everything in nature has a hidden purpose and meaning unbeknownst to us all.
What magic and love exists in your everyday life?