#BlogElul 23: Love









Love is supposed to be easy
we slip into a relationship
and our lives are forever better.
Fartik! (done!), as my father used to say.

The truth is – it’s not the truth.
It takes work to love and be loved
it takes overcoming anger and hate
it takes forgiveness and change.

The first blush of love is magical.
It takes constant effort to sustain
it takes softness in times of anger
it takes patience in times of frustration.

Love for God is perhaps most complex.
It takes belief in times of pain
it takes fortitude in times of anger
it takes suspending disbelief in the rational.

There is holiness in love.
in all its rough edges and imperfections
in all its challenges and times of need
it holds the essence of God.

I’ve decided to participate for the first time in #blogElul, which I have followed for a few years. I’ve never had the courage to get my feet wet – this year, I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool! Check out some of the amazing  themed posts geared around the work and joy of Elul – of introspection and reflection in the days leading to the High Holy Days (Organized by Ima Bima.) You can read last year’s and this year’s #blogElul posts via the Elul tag.

About armsakimbobook

I'm a mother, a lawyer, a feminist, a writer, a potter, and an inveterate and unapologetic New Yorker. My book, Arms Akimbo: A Journey of Healing, tells of my journey of healing over a number of years, learning to live a full life after I was molested by my father at a very young age. I live in Maynard, MA, with my wife and and our two moose-cats, Samson and Hercules. My daughter used to live with me part-time, but she's all grown up now and in her junior year of college, which I can't quite fathom, since she was born about five minutes ago...
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