To Live – To Laugh – To Celebrate Love

by Shea Bell
Live laugh to celebrate love

A good friend once told me never to forget to laugh, and I cannot tell you how many times her advice popped into my head, like a mantra, at just the right moment, to save the day. It`s good to remember this at work, with friends and colleagues, but especially in a marriage, where there is no time to spend in misunderstandings. Live, laugh, and love. Just do it. Of course it takes some finesse and timing is everything.

This weekend I celebrate two sacred ceremonies. My nephew Matthew is to wed his dear heart Caroline, and my son’s good friend Benjy will likewise join hearts with his Ashlee. They are wonderful human beings, deeply in love and earnest, ready to take their relationships to this most important next step, to wed in faith that their futures together will create an even greater love for each other.

A wedding declares the full opening of the heart, offered purely to the other, trusting whatever comes there is strength in union, and that each joy will be multiplied. And it offers friends and family the chance to reconnect and celebrate their own true loves and remember all the ways love is present in their lives.

On this day of sacred commitment, I share with you a poem I wrote more than 10 years ago, to celebrate the engagement of my daughter.  

It embraces softly and is quiet.

It is constant and clear.

It whispers.

It must be offered freely

and received the same

with reverence and gratitude.

It is the soft glove

that guides and saves.

It is the rose that brings

fragrance and beauty.

It is the melody that

moves the soul.

It is the worth of our being.

It belongs to each of us

separately and together

here on earth,

and with the one Great Love beyond,

yet ever present.

It is up to each one of us

to remember

the door is always open

to the infinite love

that will keep us dancing.

Keep dancing dear ones. I wish you both joyous times as you begin the co-creation of your dreams.

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mdobo604 August 28, 2021 - 9:19 pm

That’s a lovely poem, Auntie Shea! <3
Thanks for tagging me in this piece.

Shea Bell August 30, 2021 - 8:38 am

Your wedding was spectacular. You and Caroline are kismet and I know will build such a happy life. Love you Mattoo.

Georgia Ford August 28, 2021 - 10:12 pm

Beautiful tribute Shea and lovely poem! All the best Matt and Caroline?

Shea Bell August 30, 2021 - 8:37 am

Thank you Georgia. The wedding was absolutely wonderful, and the room full up with laughter and love.

Brian Bell August 29, 2021 - 12:52 pm

Lovely sentiment, Shea. Thanks for sharing – and reminding us all.

Shea Bell August 30, 2021 - 8:36 am

There’s so much love to grab and soak into our bones. Love you.

Darlene August 31, 2021 - 9:35 am

Your poetry always touches my heart. I especially love this one. happy days to both couples. xo

Shea Bell August 31, 2021 - 2:38 pm

I’m glad you enjoy my poetry Darlene. Always from the heart, but especially this one.


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