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Love is ...

By Britta Benson

PROMPT — What is Love?

Love is… not enough. Don’t get me wrong. Love is a wonderful thing, but it’s not the solution for pain, nor the end of all struggle. If anything, it can make life more complicated! It’s not unique. Not scarce at all. Not special either.

Love is great. Just you see and wait. Understand that love is not enough and of course, you already know this. You’ve loved before, from heart to core and farther. More. Love, love, love… and love failed. Failed you, or so you thought, again and again, and then, one day, you may realize: that spark, that flutter, those wings for your soul… a definite something, big, big, big, like the fly in your eye, massive! The world, you think. You blink, and that’s it. Gone, or simply rubbish to be disposed of.

Love’s not for the lazy, cannot fill empty hearts for long. Love is not all you need. The Beatles were wrong.

Love is just a beginning. It’s a chance. Not enough to make a relationship work. Won’t survive, unless resilient ivy tentacles of friendship, trust and respect grow on, over and into compatible souls, and you allow yourself to root deep into hope, commit to this, the one, make it so, even when it’s not easy and your cold feet are stuck in mud.

Love’s a choice every day. You can stay or go, call it life, call it quits. It’s a long term project, and neither for the lazy nor for the faint-hearted. Handle with care and enjoy!


Britta Benson is a circus-skills instructing German, a writer, performer and linguist thriving in Scotland, her chosen habitat since the year 2000. She posts daily on Britta’s Blog – Letters from Scotland, teaches Gaelic and runs a creative writing group, The Procrastinators.


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