Done in Love

‘What is done in love, is done well.’ Vincent Van Gogh

This is a great quote to tuck away in the back of our minds when we second guess something we have done- be it an act we have completed, an email or text we have sent, or words that have tumbled out of our mouths. The list could go on and on, but you get the picture.

We live in a world where the sensitivity dial has been cranked up so high that spontaneous interactions don’t flow like they once did- and heart felt responses get throttled and replaced with well thought out and homogenized utterances that are safe if not entirely genuine.

I have found in my own life that my heart does not tumble out into the world as often as it used to. I measure my responses before they depart my lips, and rarely do my fingers tap out an impassioned and fervent message that gets sent out without a nauseating number of re-reads, and an edit or two, and usually at least a partial removal of something I wanted to say, but then thought better of.

Self-monitoring and inner editing have become mainstays of daily life for many of us…  but… regardless of how buttoned up we try to stay, every once in a while, an untethered, free floating, spontaneous ‘something‘ will still escape. . . and when it happens, it is kind of like the string of a balloon slipping through the hand . . .  all we can do is step back and take an honest inventory. . .  and know that if what is done, has been done in love… then all will be well in our world.

What is done in love is done well.