The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger).” Three words that capture perfectly the tenacity and transcendence of the human spirit. It seems that we all have an innate sense that we were born to soar, to go further and higher than we can see and reach.
No wonder, then, the frustration of our everyday encounters with our own limitations. Often, our cherished visions don’t match reality. We struggle to achieve perfection and come up short. We give something our best shot, and still it’s not enough. We try to find reasons why, and quickly realize that there are many things that we just can’t know, explain, or fix.
In moments like these, it may help to remember something that a wise man once said: we understand more deeply through love than through knowledge. So many mysteries, so many incomprehensible, heartbreaking things, suddenly become simple and easy when we try to grasp them with our hearts instead of with our minds.
Our earth-bound bodies may not be able to touch the stars. Our limited minds may not be able to contain all there is to know. But we do have the ability to do one thing with no limits: we all have an infinite capacity to love.