"...There is a powerful delegation in us that lobbies every moment for contentment. How will you ever find peace unless you yield to love?..." - Rabia
"Where do you find those willing to yield to love in all of its imperfectness?" - Me
"Rumi says: 'Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.' ... It seems the hardest part is the internal work of our own hearts, and knowing that all the fears and flaws, and the courage to look at them, are part of the perfection." - A friend
One person in particular comes to mind when I think about this. They have built up so many barriers within that they have shut out love almost completely except from very very few. And it almost seems they are proud of it. They refuse to look at the fears and flaws and just seem to accept that love for them is out of reach completely. To me this is extremely sad. I for one would hate to be this way. To shut myself off from all the good that love can bring and all the good that it is. To go cold. I would rather take love and all the pain that can come with it than spend a loveless life alone. I hope this person can seek and find all of their barriers. I really do.
One last piece of food for thought on the subject from dearly departed Mother Theresa:
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."