“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” –Lord Byron
“Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.” –Lord Byron
“The heart will break, but broken live on.” –Lord Byron
“Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.” –Christina Rossetti
“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” –Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Can you feel the love? Days, such as today, should not place pressure on you because displaying our love is an action we should exhibit on a daily basis. It is nice to gather with family and loved ones and to have a good excuse to eat great food. It is nice to have a reason to stray from the ordinary to enjoy the extraordinary. Shouldn’t life be that way, always? It is easier said than done, especially for me. We become so preoccupied with our daily routines, we often forget to stop and smell the “roses.” How deep is your love for those around you? The word love. What is in the word? I will conduct a quote and word of the day hybrid:
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. sexual passion or desire.
4. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
5. (used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like):
Would you like to see a movie, love?
6. a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
7. sexual intercourse; copulation.
verb (used with object), loved, loving.
15. to have love or affection for:
All her pupils love her.
16. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
17. to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in:
to love music.
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English lufu, cognate with Old Frisian luve, Old High German luba, Gothic lubō; (v.) Middle English lov (i) en, Old English lufian; cognate with Old Frisian luvia, Old High German lubōn to love, Latin lubēre (later libēre) to be pleasing; akin to lief.
Words are no joke. They can cut you deep. What is in a word? A whole lot of meaning. Be careful how you use them because they can scar someone. Yes, you can apologize, but the scars remain. My mom used to always tell me about the little girl who used to misbehave and was told, by her father, to hammer a nail into a tree every time she misbehaved. For every time she behaved, she could remove a nail. After behaving for a while, she managed to remove all the nails, but was dismayed by what the tree looked like after. She told her dad she was sad because of the scars left on the tree. Her dad explained that it is exactly what happens when we utter horrible, hurtful words and act disrespectfully; we scar others. Yes, we go back to being nice, but the damage is done. There are many variations of this story and I’ve heard a few, but this makes sense. A health class professor once said that for every 1 negative comment someone tells you, you need 100 positive comments to replace its negative affect. Imagine those in abusive relationships. Let us share words of beauty and greatness as often as possible, not just on Valentine’s Day. Have a great day!