What Is Love

(Points if you just sang that song out loud!) Since we are still in the week of Valentine’s, I am going with another love-themed post. This is my compiled musings of what love looks like.

The very definition of love is a constant, strong affection for someone.

According to the Bible, love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.

In high school, we were once prompted to replace the name of your crush with the word love, see if the passage read true with their name—a beautiful way to look at one’s crush. I have also inserted my own name and discovered areas to improve upon.

Love is showing compassion and understanding when we would rather justify our side and walk away. The tricky part about real love is not finding the one person who won’t hurt you—that doesn’t exist, sorry. The trick is to choose to love the one that does hurt you because you know what you have is darn worth fightin’ for. (Although the other trick is to find a partner who will fight for you just as you fight for them, all in the name of love)

I have heard is expressed that love is a verb—a word put into action that demonstrates the true feeling of the heart. It can touch one’s very soul, transforming that one person inside and out.

There is an episode on Castle where one of the characters writes a love letter. “Risking our heart is why we are alive. The last thing you want is to look back on your life and wonder—if only.”

I believe this advice can be relevant in all relationship dynamics—families, friends, and lovers. The last thing that I want to do is to look back at my life and wonder if only I could have done more to fix my relationships with my sisters. If only I had tried a little harder to reach out to my ex and expressed my love. If only I had tried harder to connect with my parents. If only.

I have had the pleasure of visiting with the elderly in nursing homes, such sweet people. I love the advice they pass on. Mostly it revolves around the idea of living and loving more. They tell me to look out for people in my life, to make amends where needed and to treasure those closest to my heart. And often, if they had one wish, it is that they had made more time for those in their life.

Here is to love—real love—touching the depths of our souls!

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