"In response, somewhere from within me, rises a now-familiar presence, offering me all the certainties I have always wished another person would say to me when I was troubled...
I'm here. I love you. I don't care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it - I will love you through that, as well. If you don't need the medication, I will love you, too. There's nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me."
- "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert, ch. 18, pg. 54
So, I've been sitting here reading these words over and over and just staring at the screen, not knowing what to write. I can't help but read them over and over. Isn't this what everyone longs to hear all the time? These words are so warm and rich and full of grace and bring such relief to those of us that work so hard to be...perfect. It's an impossible, pointless task to reach for perfection. And to hear that I'm loved, whether I do anything right or do everything wrong...it feels like I can breathe again.
I can't comprehend this depth of love. It is competely unreasonable, in that it goes against all reason. But it's good. And I'll take it.