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Modern Day Romeo and Juliet
Written By: Mark Smith

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Juliet met Romeo in a parking lot. She was crying in her car as he walked by. He comforted her from the first second that they spoke. He was gifted at turning a tear into a laugh and a smile. That is a wonderful gift to have. She took to him like a starving woman would take to a seven course gourmet meal. He made her so happy. He wasn’t fazed by her instability or her irrationality. He was the calm in her frequent storms. The man knew how to give and he knew how to love. That is a rare quality in a man. Most of us are pretty darn self-centered.

Romeo had his own demons. He was miserably married with three small children. He was so other centered that his wife ruled the roost. He did what he was told. Even though their sexual relationship was non-existent for the past three years he felt that he had to stay in the marriage for the sake of the kids. Money was tight, he recently changed careers and he was afraid. He was a lonely guy trying to do the right thing.

Juliet is hot! She is made even hotter by the fact that she has no idea that she is hot. I believe her to be one of the finest poets on the planet. She is the smartest woman that I know. Ok, she is just a little, uh, crazy at times. She is frail, sweet, broke, scared, angry, volatile, sexy, unpredictable and quite beautiful. If you saw her picture you would be stirred to write poetry.

Boy meets girl, boy fails in love with girl, difficulties and misunderstandings arise that thicken the plot and then in the end boy scoops girl into his strong arms and they live very happily ever after. Isn’t that how it is supposed to go? If two people love each other they should end up together, right? It doesn’t look as if it is going to end up that way though. Boy is moving to the coast while girl is left with an empty broken heart. It just doesn’t seem right.

There is a third player in this drama. Boy #2 has always coveted Juliet. We’ll call him Shrek. He has been longing for fair Juliet from afar. While he still wants her for himself he wants her happiness first and foremost. He has learned that the true test of love wants the happiness of your beloved over getting your own needs met. Shrek has now become Romeo’s biggest fan. He is what makes Juliet happy. Shrek would take a bullet for both of them.

Love stories don’t always end with happy endings. Love always makes you a better person though. All three heroes in this modern tragedy have been made better through their painful dilemma. The power of love has remolded each of their hearts and lives. That’s the power of love.

Don’t fear love my friends. Take whatever risks that love requires. It will be worth it to you in the end. What is the old saying…it is better to love and to lose then never to have loved at all. Love is the magic elixir that we all wish to drink. We believe that it is the key to happiness. Love yourself, love your God, love your family, love your work, love your play…then and only then can you springboard into the wild, shimmering energy between two people that rocks the world of all around them. And when you find that you have taken a bite out of a true miracle.

Make time for love my friends. Don’t settle for anything less. Love is all we need. Romeo and Juliet are richer, smarter, happier and more alive due to dancing in the fire that erupted between them. Take some time to dance in the fire of love with your sweetie this week!

See you next time.

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