Quote, 08/18/2010

ejmoore510(7)August 18, 2010

They say the world is round, and yet

I often think it square.

So many little hurts we get

From corners here and there.

But one great truth in life I've found,

While journeying to the West-

The only folks who really wound

Are those we love the best.

The man you thoroughly despise

Can rouse your wrath, 'tis true;

Annoyance in your heart will rise

At things mere strangers do;

But those are only passing ills;

This rule all lives will prove;

The rankling wound which aches and thrills

Is dealt by hands we love.

The choicest garb, the sweetest grace,

Are oft to strangers shown;

The careless mien, the frowning face,

Are given to our own.

We flatter those we scarcely know,

We please the fleeting guest,

And deal full many a thoughtless blow

To those who love us best.

Love does not grown on every tree,

Nor true hearts yearly bloom.

Alas for those who only see

This cut across a tomb!

But, soon or late, the fact grows plain

To all through sorrow's test:

The only folks who give us pain

Are those we love the best.

Life's Scars by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Oh, there is no question that the people we love the best can hurt the most. For one thing, they probably know more about us than anyone else, and they know what buttons to push. I try to keep my "button" finger firmly in check. Not saying I'm always successful but I make a real effort.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:28PM
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