As Valentine’s Day approaches, I am reminded that we socialize many misconceptions about life. And the greatest of these is love. Our romantic notions of tantalizing energies between two people is seen as something to strive for, recapture, celebrate and grieve over. Yet this fleeting feeling of romance is only the surface of love.
Love is our devotion to another. To our families. It’s letting people lean on us when they need support, and letting them go when they don’t. It’s setting boundaries, sharing honest feelings, and minimizing distractions to stay present. It is a guiding force–not a controlling one. Yes, love can be romantic but it is also enduring, painful, and life changing. It is the reason we are here.
What you love, who you love, and how you love is worth examining. Because what we can learn from this holiday is that love is a verb not a noun. Give acts of love this week and watch how your world brightens.