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Lock It Up Tight…or It Will Break

Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. C.S. Lewis

This might possibly be my all time favorite C.S. Lewis quote.

I really love the way he tells it like it is…and it always interests me that Lewis “got real” with heart suffering when his wife was dying of cancer. What was formerly a scholarly and high-brow treatise on a breaking heart changed profoundly when he found himself…

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