Monday, August 09, 2010

Love

Love is not love until you give it away.


Love is a word that gets thrown around a lot. But what does it really mean to love? To love someone is something special. And not just romantic love, but any kind of love. They say love is the most powerful force. So what does love really mean? If you really love someone what are you willing to do for them? How do you show them?

If you love someone then you are willing to put the other person's needs or wants before yours, which isn't always easy. That is what it means by love is not love until you give it away. Some examples of giving love away may include giving gifts, helping a loved one catch up on chores, cooking a meal for others, donating to a good cause, or even giving up your last cookie to your significant other. And that can be really hard to do sometimes! Sometimes it really is hard to be selfless and put someone else before you. I think if everyone practiced selflessness a little more than we would see a big change in this world. Imagine if everyone chipped in, if everyone did a little extra, or gave of themselves to help others.

Of course there are limits to giving and being unselfish. We do have to draw the line somewhere because unfortunately there are people who will take advantage of a person or situation. Sadly, some people will allow us to keep on giving and will continue to receive whatever they can. We need to be able to recognize when this is happening. Hopefully it is not something we find regularly, but it does happen. When we notice we are giving and giving of ourselves and nothing is appreciated then we need to cut ourselves off from that person and persist elsewhere. We do not need to be taken advantage of.

What goes around comes around and we need to be sure we are doing our best at being a truly good person. When we extend our love out to others then it will come back to us. Love is a wonderful emotion to have and to share. Let's contribute to this world by giving our love.

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