When Love Is Meant to Be

Miracles happen every day—you just have to look around to see them. The 101 stories in our new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and the Unexplainable prove that life is full of miracles… you just have to open your eyes and sometimes... your heart.

That’s what happened in one of my favorite stories from the book, The Painting, by Lisa McCaskill. In her story, Lisa fell in love with a painting that you could see from one of the couches in the student union. Everyone knew that was where she would sit and study for all her courses so that she could glance up at this colorful piece of abstract art. She didn’t even normally like abstract art, but this painting was different. It called to her.

Five years later, a college graduate with a breakup behind her, Lisa had decided she was finished with love. But then her sister set her up for a surprise blind date. Frank was sweet and funny, but he had two little kids, and that was not something that Lisa had even considered. Nevertheless, she agreed to go to his home for his younger son’s birthday party, and there she was shocked to find “her” painting.

It was Frank’s! He had painted it. Lisa says, “That was more than thirty years ago, and here I am, still married to Frank—now we have four grown kids. I’m still sitting by the painting even though I had to marry him to get it.”


Chicken Soup for the Soul has been “changing lives one story at a time”® since 1993 with more than 250 books that provide hope, inspiration, and tips for a better life. Virtually every title becomes a self-help bestseller. Each book contains 101 true, personal stories submitted by ordinary people with extraordinary experiences to share. The topics are wide-ranging, but always inspirational and entertaining, covering everything from faith and spirituality to family, marriage, pets, and overcoming challenges of all kinds. Life values such as gratitude, forgiveness, mindfulness, positive thinking, and giving back are a big part of the series, with specific self-help books that help readers of all ages, from children to the elderly.