LOVE – the word that everyone wants to hear, but most people don't. For some it is the quality vs quantity discussion, while for others you may never hear the words "I love you". Now, if you grew up in a home where those words were not said, there is nothing wrong with that, I am not digging on you at all, I am just expressing the fact that the very words "I love you" display a certain level of caring and compassion that draw us together.
LOVE is described in a number of ways but I want to concentrate on the definition that reflects "a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend".
When we care deeply for someone we want to share with them who we are, the good and the bad, our successes, our trials, our pain and our joy. For some, this is expressed in marriage – for others it is with their kids, for some it is in deep personal relationships. I love my family. I love my friends. And at some point, Lord-willing, I will be able to share the words "I love you" with someone whom I would marry, but in that arena I dare not throw around those three little words unless I absolutely mean them.
As a child who heard those words, I just assumed that everyone heard those words, but it wasn't the case. I also assumed that everyone got hugs from their parents, but alas I was wrong again. When I look at my parents love (they will be celebrating 40 yrs together), they are probably more in love today then they were when they first got married. Why? Because they have had 40 years together, to learn and grow and understand how to love each other more deeply.
Tell your children you love them, but you must mean it. You may not like them all the time, and they may not like you all the time, but hopefully, you do love them. If you are married, tell your spouse you love them. Sometimes the simple act of hearing those words can change a whole lot of perspectives. And if you have friends, who you deeply care for, tell them you love them – you never know when those three little words can change their lives and set them on a course for destiny.
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