I am late for Coffee Chat this week. Thank goodness Ms. Rory Bore always has coffee on! This week we are discussing the topic of “Love”. She has asked us the profound question, “Love. How do YOU know love?”
There are many kinds of love in life. We benefit from all of them. There is the love that we first feel, as an infant for parents and family. As we grow, we love our friends, and also we learn to love our pets. Inevitably, as we mature, we develop feelings of romantic love.
Love comes into our lives in many ways. The love of friends is a constant, sharing the many stages of life with us. Some friends may be a temporary force at a time in our life, while others remain there by our side. This does not make any less effective or more important, though. Love always helps us to grow.
Some love prepares us for the future. Young love teaches us about mature romantic love, preparing us for the responsibility of commitment. We learn how to accept love, and how to give love in meaningful ways.
I have been blessed to have been married for nearly thirty four years. Upon meeting, we became close platonic friends. There was respect, trust, and love. Romantic love grew slowly from these essential elements, which remain. A solid foundation for commitment in any relationship contains respect, trust, and love.
There are endless thoughts on love from a great many minds and teachings. Those who have taught on this important element of life include prophets, poets, philosophers, theologians, sages, and countless humanitarians. The Bible tells us that love is the greatest gift of all. I believe this, as in numerous ways love benefits those who give it, as well as those who receive it.
I cannot leave out the unconditional love given to us by pets. I have learned so much from loving and being loved by critters. They truly love without question, without reservation. There are no pretenses or conditions for them. If they love you, it is genuine.
Love has deep value, no matter what form it comes in. Love lifts us up when we are down. It accepts us as we are, validating us. Love gives us security in an insecure world. Love binds us together, making us stronger. Indeed, love is a blessing that makes life worth living for everyone.