This is the holiday, as you all know, that’s most known for romantic love. But, there are other kinds of love too. There is the love between friends; there is the love for family; and finally there is the love of self. Now, what do I mean by love of self? There are some people who are so focused on doing for other people, on gaining a romantic love, or on just missing what they think they should have that they don’t take the time to take care of themselves. To be worthy of love though, I really do think you need to take care of yourself–to take care of your physical and emotional health and to do the things you were called to do, like write. There is no one else that will do that for you.
And then once you’ve done that, you can look at this quote by Robert A. Heinlein from Stranger in a Strange Land.
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Also, the chapter in the Bible which is considered the hallmark of love–I Corinthians 13
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I have nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes,what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Until next time, be real!