April 7, 2020

First Lesson of Love: for unbelievers and believers

Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) was a British historian, essayist, translator, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher.  Some of his major works include The French Revolution: A History, 3 vols (1837).  This was the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”

He showed little affection or attention to his wife, Jane.  She died in 1866 very unexpectedly and suddenly.  He was plunged into deep depression.  Unable to sleep at nights, he would lie awake in the dark and cry out, “Oh, if I could see her once more.  Oh, if I could tell her I loved her.”

This story reminds us to take an inventory of our expressions and affection towards the people we love.  Pandemics teach how fragile are the anchors we have in our life.  When we lose them, we realize even more what a precious gift we had.