The Little Prince tells it best. How love and friendship are built with time and patience. Love is not a strategy. There is no shortcut to loving.
Love is not a strategy. It’s a quality of soul, a gift of essence. So are generosity, gratitude and appreciation. – Hiro Boga
Love Is Not A Strategy
Despite all the relationship books out there, I still think that The Little Prince and the fox had the best notion about finding love and friendship.
Do you remember how their friendship started and progressed?
The Little Prince sees the fox and on the first day he sits on the grass a little away from the fox saying nothing. Over the next few days he keeps coming to the same spot at the same time and sits down saying nothing. However, each day he comes a little closer to the fox, who keeps watching him out of the corner of his eye. When Little Prince finally sits right next to the fox, they know each other well and a warm love and genuine friendship has formed.
It’s the fox’s words about their relationship that really touch me.
“For me you’re only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me. I’ll be the only fox in the world for you….” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Isn’t that what true love and friendship are about? We don’t really ‘need’ the other, but we choose to love them, to see their uniqueness, to remind them of who they are meant to be when they forget. And in turn to be loved and recognized as unique and reminded to be true to yourself.Isn't that what true love and friendship are about? We don't really 'need' the other, but we choose to love them, to see their uniqueness, to remind them of who they are meant to be when they forget.Click To Tweet
If you’ve experienced love and friendship of the kind of the The Little Prince and the fox, then you are truly blessed. I know I am.
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