A love letter for the 21st Century. Let the multimedia wooing begin!
Sometimes words are not enough
Albert Einstein is rumoured to have replied; when asked what the most powerful force in the universe was: "compound interest".
Bright as Einstein undoubtedly was - he was wrong. Love is the most amazing, wonderful, bewildering, gut-wrenchingly powerful force you are ever likely to encounter.
Now, for many of us, the words will not flow - we want to express how we feel but it just doesn't seem to do our sentiments justice. In the age of the abbreviated text message and email, and the "clipped" language of the youth subculture, one could be forgiven for thinking a love letter is old fashioned.
What modernity takes away with one hand however, it may give back with the other and the rich multimedia content we now have at our finger tips, means that there has never been a better time to express your feelings for the one you love - with a love letter 21st century style - packed with multimedia possibility.
Whether the stumbling insecurity of youth, the fire and passion of adolescence, the romance and maturity of our middle years or the deep quiet companionship of old age - the images, sounds and sights are all there. All we need to do is "paint", on our own canvas, with the genius of some of the greatest writers, musicians and painters, that love ever inspired - for the one we love.
17 years ago I discovered "the one".
Two years ago I nearly lost it all. As the ambulance doors closed on that bright sunny day in June 2010 and I realised I was dying - I wasn't scared - I was just filled with an overwhelming feeling of sadness and regret that I wouldn't see Becky and our children again. Today was the day - the last day - and I wasn't ready - I hadn't said the things I needed to say.
By some miracle I didn't die that day - this hub is my love letter to the wonderful woman who helped me claw my way back to health; so we could celebrate each day and share the future together. I don't have the words to express what I feel inside - some things are too big to put into sentences, too deep to be approached directly.
I'm offering this multimedia "love letter" with all of my broken heart - perhaps it will inspire you to create a love letter for the one you love?
How precious you are
It's sad but true: as we go through life we rarely meet people we are completely at ease with - and when we do , we rarely tell them how precious they are.
Now is the time for me to tell you - that you are to me and to express the hope that you will always feel the same way.
Here's Fyfe Dangerfield with a song which expresses the million an one feelings I couldn't put into words - it moves me every time I hear it.
So let's start with the brillant Fyfe Dangerfield
She's always a woman to me
Sun-dewed cobweb of tomorrows
Weave with me a sun-dewed cobweb of tomorrows and let us catch happiness in the days that come.
For we are joined at the beginning of the world and neither care nor the brief span of our earthly robes can mark the perfect symmetry of our love
She may be the face I can't forget...
Life is no picnic
"Life is no picnic", said mole, as he watched the clouds gather; threatening the summer sun, which trickled like dazzling beads of waterthrough cold grey fingers.
"True", said Rat thoughtfully.
"But I measure the picnic by the company I keep - not the tartness of the jam or the vaguries of the weather".
"Soulmates may share a humble crust and beggar the pomp and extravagance of kings".
The self set aside
What is life?
If not love and the witnessing of it in all it's heart's distress?
In all the indescribable joy that is a sleeping child, a weary mother - the quiet dignity of the self set aside.
Though our names be washed clean on the shore of endless night, where stars tremble. The book of light records yet the time we spend, the hope we keep, the sacrifice we make; in the name of love.