Sunday, March 15, 2015

Love is Still Mysterious

Yesterday (3/14) I officiated Laurie and Paul’s wedding ceremony at the Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Here are the remarks I shared with them and their guests:

When I reflect on Laurie and Paul's love story, their deep friendship, and how they interact with other, it is almost obvious that they would be matched through a scientifically accurate algorithmic formula. They are so comfortable with each other, there is such an ease to their interactions, that it is difficult to believe they are today celebrating just two years together, since they met. So, no surprise these two give you faith in science, formulas and numbers.

However, Laurie and Paul also remind us, if you will forgive the pun, that not everything can be accounted for. Love is still mysterious and not quantifiable. Love, for instance, can make you misperceive the actual passage of time. This happened on this very day two years ago. As Laurie describes, "We met at 7:30 that Thursday (March 14, 2013), and before I knew it, it was past 11pm that night... After that night, we were pretty much inseparable." Not very scientific or quantifiable, but if you too have been or are in love, you get it!

Laurie and Paul's love continued to grow, and the harmony of their life together felt so perfect, that six months later, the deal was sealed. Laurie mentions that some folks couldn't resist entertaining an audit of the situation. "Some people thought we were moving too quickly in our relationship, but we knew that we were meant for each other." Now, sure, there is no specific place for that type of sentiment on the ledger or the spreadsheet, but looking at them here and now, can anyone doubt that they made the right decision? All that is left now is to make that official, so without further ado, let's do just that!

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