In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write about LOVE. I once read, “Where there is love, there is life.” They’re not my words, but I believe them to be true. Keep in mind, there are numerous kinds of love, but for now, I’ll just mention the obvious….. the love you have for yourself, your family, children and friends, and of course, the amazing feeling of being in love with that special someone.
The love you have for yourself is necessary for happiness, in my opinion. Self- love is reliant upon your self-concept and self-esteem. When you love yourself, you ‘put your best foot forward’. We all struggle with this from time to time. It helps to recognize your own talents and good character traits. Be sure to show the best version of yourself to the rest of the world. If that’s difficult for you, “Fake it, ’til you make it.” Remind yourself of your strengths. You know the saying, “Do what you love, and love what you do.” Surround yourself with people you enjoy, those who love and support you. Try to see yourself through their eyes. Recognize your good qualities. You must first love yourself. You can create your own happiness.
Our children, family and friends provide so much unconditional love, care and support. If you have children, you know that from the moment you laid eyes on their precious faces, you instantly fell in love. We do everything we can and would do anything for them. Our love for our children never wavers. Your parents, relatives and friends are the loving people that bring us joy beyond measure. We receive support, care and concern that allows us to feel their love. They are there for us whenever we need them and we’re eternally grateful. Life is a little easier to navigate with their guidance. Treasure your loved ones. Revel in the little things. Take it all in. Enjoy making memories together. Tell them you love them everyday!
And yes…..True love does exist. Some people are blessed to have found the ONE. That one special person that makes your heart beat a little faster. The one who makes you smile like a fool when you’re by yourself, just thinking about the sweet something they said, or a wonderful night you shared. The one you enjoy, even when you’re in sweatpants just watching tv. The one that makes it their goal in life to make you happy. Love is filled with passion, romance, desire, trust, loyalty, compassion, fun and genuine friendship. We all know that no one is perfect, but your special someone is perfect for you. Your love adds so much happiness into your life.
Let’s face it, love in every form just feels good. Love makes us smile, lifts our spirit, creates happiness and makes life a little easier. So….Love yourself and love others with all you have. Love is all you need!
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche