For today’s article, I want to talk about one of the unfortunately most controversial subjects in today’s world… but with a positive spin. Love.
Is it possible that there can be so many definitions of ‘love’ and so many ways to show it? Yes. And sometimes, all of it gets twisted.
What is love? What does it even mean? Frankly, love is unconditional care. That’s really what it is. And sure, there are different types of love, but ALL of them point back to this: you care.
How do you show love? When you love someone, you are always considering them, always wanting them to be well. Patience is a form of love, so is sacrifice, so is encouragement.
Love is in the smallest things. The tiniest expressions; but also, the biggest actions. Love is not a word, nor is it just a feeling; love is a verb. It is an action. If love is not shown by actions, it is not love.
That’s why we care for the people we love, that’s why we sacrifice time and money and energy for them. That’s love.
That’s why even when it’s hard and we’re low on resources, we don’t give up. That’s why, even when it means we sacrifice a position at a job, or an extra paycheck, we keep going.
Love holds everything together. Think of just one thing that love doesn’t hold together. Love holds families together, friends together, communities together, … even sometimes strangers together. Trust is built off of the care and empathy of love. Without love, none of us would be here. None of us would be born, none of us would survive.
This world is already too full of malice and deceit and hatred; be the love, even if it’s tough, and I’ll sympathize with you. Loving a stranger or a person you don’t like is hard.
Hatred divides this world, it makes people fight, it makes people kill, it makes people segregate. But love doesn’t do any of those things. Love is not conditional- it is not on a basis of what someone looks like, what they believe, or how they think.
Love brings together- even the people that don’t look or think alike. They are people too. All of us are imperfect human beings. But that doesn’t mean we should hate each other or bring each other down. We can recognize differences in a loving way.
Love is a powerful thing. And that’s why we need it. With that, I encourage you to love someone today. Smile at them when they’re having a bad day, give the cashier some grace and an encouraging word, leave a legitimate tip for a waitress or waiter.
Life is hard. Love is sometimes hard, but love makes life worth it.