What a wonderful word and what a powerful emotion. So much can be expressed using that word. From the sublime to the profound, it can be stretched to many uses.
I was re-reading Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” and came across something about love that I would ‘love’ to share with you. (Sorry, couldn’t help that).
“If you believe yourself unfortunate, because you have ‘Loved and Lost,’ Perish the thought. One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely. Love is whimsical and temperamental. Its nature is ephemeral, and transitory. It comes when it pleases and goes away without warning. Accept and enjoy it while it remains, but spend no time worrying about it’s departure. Worry will never bring it back.”
“Dismiss also, the thought that love never comes but once. Love may come and go, times without number, but there are no two love experiences which affect us in just the same way. There may be, and there usually is, one love experience which leaves a deeper imprint on the heart than all the others, but all love experiences are beneficial, except to the person who becomes resentful and cynical when loves makes it’s departure.”
“There should be no disappointment over love, and there would be none if people understood the difference between the emotions of love and sex. The major difference is love is spiritual, while sex is biological. No experience, which touches the human heart with a spiritual force, can possibly be harmful, except through ignorance, or jealousy.”
“Love is, without question, life’s greatest experience.”
“Love is an emotion with many sides, shades, and colors. The love which one feels for parents, or children is quite different from that which one feels for one’s sweetheart. The one is mixed with the emotion of sex, while the other is not.”
“The love which one feels in true friendship is not the same as that felt for one’s sweetheart, parents, or children but it too is a form of love.”
Those words were written by Napoleon Hill almost 100 years ago and whether you agreed with them or not, they still have power.
There is not much for me to add to those words except perhaps to say that those who have been burned by love should not allow that to color their feelings towards love. Nor allow a bad experience of love or having loved someone be the thing that stops you from reaching out to others in the future.
Also, life can at times be ephemeral and fleeting and what has been given can be taken away seemingly without notice. Express your feelings to those that are close to you for you never know how long you may have to spend in their company.