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As you may all know, I’ve been reading The Witch of Portobello (by Paulo Coelho), and this morning, I finally finished it! Let me just say this- it is brilliantly written, as always. He takes such a rather ‘simple’ theme, but yet transforms it into something more. You slowly find yourself becoming one with the main character, who is searching for what exactly ‘love’ is… and how exactly one can love.

I love when I can draw meaning and insight from a simple sentence, and that is exactly what happened to me while I was reading this book. I found myself not only empathizing with the main character, but also saw bits and pieces of myself in her.

I’m sure most of us have read in the Bible what Love is. In Corinthians 13:4-7 it says that: “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

And then there’s the definition of love in book I just finished reading, which I absolutely love on top of the one in the Bible… Love simply is. Do you ever wonder why someone may love you? Or why you yourself may love someone? Often times we are taught to delve deeper to find a meaning or to find an answer to something. But maybe sometimes it doesn’t have to be that way… But rather, some things just need to be simplified. And taken for face value. And that’s exactly what this book taught me. That sometimes, there may not be a definite or complicated answer… but rather, it just simply is. Just like love. Sometimes… things can just be as simple as that. Love simply is…

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