Free Love

I’ve been asked to answer countless questions in the last year from radio, newspaper, and magazine interviewers– mostly about how to take care of yourself during a hard time. Sometimes the interviewer is trying to turn my story into one of “Holding onto your man” which irks me because that’s not what my book is about. It’s about letting go. It’s about empowerment. It’s about not letting things outside your control define your personal happiness. But when this writer approached me for her article, I was intrigued. Her question was unique: what kinds of gifts can we give our partners that do not have a dollar value on them? I liked being asked this question because I love my husband, and it got me thinking. How do we gift our loved ones? Especially in this season of giving. Here’s what EXPERIENCE LIFE magazine has to say about it.

Gift 3: Allow Space for Solitude
When author Laura Munson and her husband got married, their ceremony included a quote from the poet Rainier Maria Rilke, which read, in part: “A good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust.” Almost two decades of marriage and two children later, Munson’s husband began to have doubts about the marriage. But instead of begging him to stay, Munson took Rilke’s quote to heart and gave her husband the emotional space she felt he needed to reflect and reconnect with himself.

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4 Responses to Free Love

  1. Donald J Stifler

    How insightful. There is no such thing as ownership. We are only allowed to enjoy something or someone through the freedom we allow it to have. It becomes the truest form of love. No conditions or boundaries. This allows us to embrace it to the fullest. This type of love we hold in our heart and it may be embraced beautifully regardless of the outcome.
    May you each hold the experience you have shared forever and may you rekindle it each day.

    • lauramunson

      I was thinking that my book ends at Thanksgiving and here it is, that very day, a few years later. I will receive those blessings, Don, especially from new friends like you. Thank you for your beautiful words, as usual. Blessings to you. Laura

  2. emmakatetsai

    Wow, I love this.

  3. Happy one day late Thanksgiving, Laura! I just read your Huntington Post addition about your return flight to Montana. Did you make it home in time?
    Thank you for your continued sharing of wit and wisdom. I am grateful for you and your blog.

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