Why Guarding Your Heart from Pain Keeps You From Love

guarding your heartLast night, I saw¬†the movie The Giver. Have you seen it? I read the book with my kids when they were in 6th grade, so I only remembered the gist of the storyline. If you haven’t seen it or you need a refresher, it’s about a land where people are raised to have no emotions. When they are adolescents, they receive daily injections to erase any memory of pain or pleasure, and they live in a black and white world of sameness. Everyone is fairly equal, and big brother is watching over you at all times – in public and in the privacy of your own home. The premise is that if you protect people from extreme pain and pleasure, the world will be a better and safer place. The Giver is the only person who still feels emotions. His job is to give the memory of emotions – good and bad – to a Receiver. Without spoiling it for anyone who wants to see the movie, I will simply say that it made me think a lot about guarding your heart in dating, and why that keeps you from fully experiencing love.

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