Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken..
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
C.S. Lewis speaks so clearly and powerfully about what it means to love anyone or anything. That love can be difficult, scary, and at times depressing. But at the same time, it is beautiful, exciting and the best thing in the world.
The author mentioned that to love is to be vulnerable. It means that vulnerability is a necessary part of loving an individual. For you to be able to love someone, you’ll need to pull down your walls and allow this person in.
However, what’s painful in loving is that we get hurt or most likely get disappointed by the people we love the most. But what’s living if you aren’t going to love in the full capacity you are capable of?
At the end of the day, what then can we do? Take that leap of faith. Take the risk of loving and trusting people. There is always something to be gained when we go outside ourselves and learn to share in someone else’s world, even if only for a short while. This is applicable whether we’re talking about romantic love, love for our families, friends or just the daily struggle to love our neighbor. Just continue reflecting Christ’s love.