What’s that compelling force that draws us to one person more than another? Much like an ancient spice blend, a very fine wine or a complex French perfume there are many notes at play, a varied collection of complex ingredients.
As with an exquisite fragrance we’re drawn by the top note – the first impression.
“The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer and have a strong influence on the base notes to come. A perfume’s heart is generally pleasant and well-rounded and sometimes infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom.” (here here!)
Finally the bass notes, detected once that first impression has completely evaporated. These mingle with the heart to create the full body of fragrance, providing a lasting impression, lingering on the skin and in the heart and mind for hours after the top notes have dissipated.
What is that compelling force? Perhaps it’s something even the best of our poets and scholars and theologians cannot capture. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet? Explain it and define it as we may, we just know when we know.
You’re one of my kind.