Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Advice from Shakespeare


We met him outside the theatre where Anonymous was playing. This current movie alleges that William Shakespeare didn’t really write “his” plays.


Our question: Pardon us, but you look very much like William Shakespeare.
Will: (He quiets us with a finger to his lips, then motions with his hand to move to a quieter spot.) Yes, thou art correct. Will Shakespeare, here.

Q: Why are you are attending this film? Aren’t you upset about being called a fraud?
Will: Au contraire. Such talk increases the interest in my plays. Such authorship thoughts come and go, but “the play’s the thing” you know.

Q: So there’s “a method in your madness!”
Will: Very good indeed! Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2.

Q: We would really like your advice about love.
Will: Oh, love, love, love! Well, first, ’tis well to remember:
“the course of true love never did run smooth.”

I know not whether I wrote so I could love, or loved so I could write. Yet, beware, ’tis a subject I know the most, and yet least, about.

Q: Yet after 400 years your words still speak to us of love. You penned Romeo saying: ”Come what sorrow can, it cannot countervail the exchange of joy, that one short minute gives me in her sight.”

Will: Yes, I see the words scripted on the scroll and merged with the graceful face of my first love.
Q: What would you suggest to maintain long-term love?

Will: Frustrations will occur, thou need to understand. Accept these ills with understanding to aid in reaching deep into thy lover’s heart.
To quote myself:
“The fruit of true love ripens in thou marriage,
If her face and her words, ye do not disparage.”

Q: Well said. Yet we don’t recall this quotation in your plays!
Will: Thou is so right, I suppose,
’cause this very night, ’tis one I composed.

I now see the open entrance to the show,
So we shan’t be late, we must go.
This pleasant talk allowed my thoughts to gel,
But now I bid thee fond — farewell!

Q: Goodbye! “Parting is such sweet sorrow!”

The Road To Power Snuggling
Snuggling requires a combination of romanticism, mutual appreciation and as Shakespeare said, acceptance, not criticism. Shakespeare’s plays are filled with the grand spectrum of human emotions. Maintaining long-term love requires accepting and understanding each other’s emotions, overlooking faults and emphasizing positives.

Your Weekly Homework
Be aware of your own emotions this week and how they impact you and your partner. Minimize critical remarks and add a new slant: a fresh appreciation each day.

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