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Thought for the week… #38

Posted in Life & Love

IMG_1315When in emotional doubt, it’s not Carl Jung I resort to but Leo Tolstoy.

Leo and I have been conducting a love affair of sorts since my teens, when I first opened a four-volume paperback of “War and Peace” and fell madly in love with Prince Andrei and Natasha, and thought it extremely unfair I wasn’t born a century and a half earlier.

My understanding and love of the book morphed over the years, when I (voluntarily) re-read it three times. The not so dashing Pierre emerges as my hero and my relationship with Leo was cemented forever.

As Campari and Sofa embarks on a week of examination of love, not of the girl-meets-boy variety but of the many facets love can take and the sometimes brave decisions it inspires, I thought I would turn to Leo for counsel once again. If “Anna Karenina” explores how love can be misguided and lead to destruction when we insist on projecting our desires on other people, it also reminds us that there are many different kinds of love and that love is at the base of what makes us human and keeps us tied together.

“I think… if it is true that 

there are as many minds as there 

are heads, then there are as many 

kinds of love as there are hearts.” 

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“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. 

Leo Tolstoy
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10 Comments

  1. I read a lot of classics in my late teens and early 20s. I’ve now been re-reading them in my early thirties, and it’s as though they are totally different books! Perhaps one needs to read the best books every decade, in order to overlay your experience and evolving perspective onto them.

    June 11, 2013
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    • I feel the same and I have done so with some favourites but that might require 48 hour days! My house is filled with books I haven’t even read yet…some days I wished somebody would pay to just read

      June 11, 2013
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  2. Leo Tolstoy has been the great love of my life, i even named a child after him! Love this weekend post.

    June 10, 2013
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  3. I wouldn’t presume that much…although if he were alive, he would owe me in royalties received!

    June 10, 2013
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  4. silvia
    silvia

    In my heart I know that Lev would have been one of your first readers and contributors

    June 9, 2013
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  5. You`re reminding me that I must root out that copy of Anna Karenina I`ve had since my teens and see how much differently it reads many, many years later.

    June 9, 2013
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  6. Janet Rörschåch
    Janet Rörschåch

    Will enjoy this exploration. How do you decide what you will be focusing upon?

    June 9, 2013
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    • We get ideas all the time, we write them down and e-mail each other and, roughly once a week, we have a Skype meeting and talk things through. Pretty organic. Sometimes friends have suggestions or things we read spark ideas. We welcome suggestions very much. Sometimes we mull them over for a while until we find an angle that we find interesting. Anything you would like to see, send it over!

      Sent from my iPad

      June 9, 2013
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