April 29th 2011, I hope you will agree, was a day where dreams became reality for Kate as she married her Prince, William the future King of England.
As Great Britain watched the fairytale wedding unfold it somehow touched your heart and made you feel somehow it was still great to be part of Great Britain don’t you think? For a special moment history was in the making, Great Britain was once again a Nation that was not forgotten.
I can’t say that I’m a great royalist but as I watched all the pomp I have to admit it struck a cord and even brought a tear to my eye! I guess I’m one of those romantic souls. It reminded me of my own wedding, I felt a little bit like a princess myself that day! Yes a wedding day can, and should be one of the most wonderful days of your life. I smiled as I read the words of my Wedding Anniversary card sent from my Hubby a couple of weeks ago, ‘True Love is spending one day getting married and the rest of your life feeling glad that you did.’
How apt those words sound to me. Yes my hubby is my true love; he is the man of my dreams and the other half of me. He is the life soul and party of my life.
I smiled as I reflected over the day we first met. The day I had almost decided to give up on my quest for true love, yet something made me think back; I saw myself with my grandfather. As a small child I would love to sit on his knee and listen to a tale or two. But the tale I remembered that day was not one of his fairytales, or even one of his ghostly ones, but the tale of his great love for my grandmother. His princess, how he met her and loved her with the whole of his heart. I know she had felt the same way about him too. Not by what she said, but by how she acted, as a small child their love used to almost speak to me. It inspired me so much that I knew I wanted the same, nothing else would do!
So at the ripe old age of fifteen I started my quest for true love. At seventeen I thought I had found it but then trouble came, as it does, and my true love proved not to be. I discovered he could neither comfort, love nor even support me! So I left.
My search continued for nearly a decade, there was much heartache along the way. The saying, ‘You need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince’ suited me well.
I was about to give up on my quest when something welled up once again, in that special place that I now like to refer to as ‘my heart and my soul,’ like a voice it whispered, ‘Love conquers all. Believe it and you will receive it.’
I feel so blessed today that I kept on with my quest.
If you are reading this I believe it is no coincidence, there is a message here for you too. So whatever you are going through, don’t give up.
I have this picture on my bedroom wall. It is called ‘True Love,’ and I think it sums up the situation well. Let me share it with you:-
Love is the realization of a beautiful dream
It is the miraculous key that unlocks all doors
Love completes us and gives us vision
Where we once were blind-Love is wise
Love is patient
Love is forgiving
Love is the only truth
Love holds each heart like a fragile ornament, yet gives us strength beyond compare
Love is believing in someone beyond ourselves.
It is courage beyond adversity
Faith in the midst of doubt
Certainty when all else is unclear.
Love awakens us from slumber and frees us from the entrapment of fear
Love finds its voice in passionate whispers, silent gestures and in a language only two hearts can hear
Love is all abandonment
It knows no sense of beginning or end
It does not measure the distance of the journey
True Love lives forever.
How is your heart feeling now?
Did you feel a flutter go through it? Did something touch you?
Then I believe somebody somewhere is waiting especially for you.
Extracts have been taken from my story ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’ by Julie Prentice £8.99
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