I would have to say that the greatest part of my job is getting to spend time with people who love each other!!! The thrill of an engagement, the grandeur of the wedding day, the glow of pregnancy, the awe of the first child, the chaos of the children that follow; all moments of love, forever immortalised. But how can love look so different? And how does it stand the test of time? I came across this quote by C.S.Lewis on someone's newsfeed this week, and it caught in my mind, because I think it's true and because I think it's worth celebrating.
“Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing... It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last but feelings come and go. And in fact, whatever people say, the state called ‘being in love’ usually does not last...Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be ‘in love’ need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense — love as distinct from ‘being in love’ — is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit...They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be ‘in love’ with someone else. ‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”