What IS Love?
Valentine’s Day is a day of Love. With this holiday just passing by, I got to thinking about what love really is.
Is it that fluttering in your heart when you see the other person or that passionate attraction and desire for someone?
It may start out as that, but to me real Love is more like:
- Listening to someone talk about something you don’t understand or probably never will, for an hour, because it is exciting to him/her.
- Working hard to support your family.
- Encouraging another to pursue his/her dreams.
- Deciding to stay together no matter what. Taking “till death do us part” very seriously.
- Letting your wife have a bunch of kids when you would be satisfies with two or three.
- Doing all you can to save money so you can stay home to be with your children when they are babies.
- Being faithful throughout life to each other.
- Bringing roses to your wife for many occasions.
- Buying very beautiful, sentimental cards for each other.
- Putting up with a stubborn woman.
I am tired of the fairy tale stories that make people feel dissatisfied with their marriages after a few years when the sparkles wear off and real life settles in. Love settles down. At the beginning it is passion to draw you together and then it grows into a more subtle form but it’s still Love. It’s still there and it is even better as it ages. I should know, I’ve had this love for 50 years until he passed away.
I like the Biblical version:
“Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to love’s forbearance, to its trust, its hope and power to endure. Love never fails.”
~1 Corinthians 13: 4-8