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What is Love?

What is Love?

I use this word very freely and I find that a little shocking because when I was younger I used it very sparingly. Has something changed that allows me to say the words "I love you" to more people? Are the words meaningless?

No way!

As a youth I believed that I should only use the love word for family or for someone I wanted to spend my life with. Television along with a few insincere people seemed to toss the word love around like a bad cold.

As I grew up and challenged my beliefs, I came to realize that the expression of love is indeed just as amazing and special of an emotion and feeling as I had thought as a child. But I also realized that love has many applications. When I say, "I love you." I mean it totally and completely. It's not a bad cold I'm passing around, it's a heart felt truth about how I think and feel about you.

That's not to say I'm going to head to the jeweler and pick out matching rings because I feel this way about you. When I say I love you, first and foremost, I'm saying to you that I like and accept you just as you are. I enjoy being in your company and I truly and deeply care about you as a person and what happens to you as you live your life.

There is a deeper love. Many deeper loves in fact. Love of a family member or love of a life partner, the love of a best friend. The foundation of love is the same and the meaning is the same also. regardless of deeper sentiment. For those of you who I care about more deeply, the ones I would gladly give my own existence to spare yours.. I love you and you've become such a special part of my life that with your permission, I'd really like more. I'd like more time with you, more experiences, more memories.

As I've grown up I've learned that it's okay to say the words whenever there is love. There is no such thing as too much love because love accepts, love gives, love expands, love cares, love is positive energy expressed. The only emotion that should be locked up in a box is fear or hate. These feelings take and cause us to hide and hurt.

When I say I love you, know I mean it with all my being. I love knowing you and spending time with you and I think your a great being to be blessed in knowing and sharing parts of my life with. If there's more to it... additional layers, you'll definitely know. I'm not one to hide my feelings.

Now go on... be brave. Tell all those people you care about that you love them. It's okay. They probably love you too. If they don't, that doesn't take away from you. The more love you give out, the more you'll find flowing back to you.

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