There are so many things a person can say about love. And there is no easy way to define it. A mother's love; a father's love... a romantic love, and friendship love, the love for your pet, self love... the list goes on and on. But here's what I know for sure.
Love is meant to be given and received unconditionally. And unconditionally certainly needs no additional defining... does it?
Every man I have ever fall in love with, and spoken the words "I love you" to, I still love today. Our relationships may have not worked out over time, some changed into beautiful friendships, and some... well we no longer speak to each other. But I love them all the same. Not with the same depth or passion that I once did when in the throes of those relationships; but I feel their joys and pains (when I know of them), and I think of them and wish them well.
My child - I love him unconditionally... there are absolutely no conditions on it. No matter how many times I ask him to do something for me and he doesn't do it, or how many times I wonder what goes on in his head. No matter how many decisions he makes that I don't agree with, I still love him.. with every fiber of my being. There is a bond there that will never be severed.
My friends, co-workers, family, pets... students, clients, etc etc. I love you all. I don't put conditions on the love I feel - I just let it be love. Though my dad once told me that a person could not survive on love alone, these days, I wonder at that. I am at my happiest when I feel love for others, when I feel loved by others. On my worst day, if only one person sends me a text, an email, or reaches out to me to say that they care about me, my day turns around 100% and I am filled with joy.
So when I listen to arguments, including the ones that I have... it makes me wonder, how to better express love? When I am cut off on the highway, when we are all late to work, and I want to express something much different than love... I remember that they are in the same situation that I am in; desperate to get somewhere that they may not really want to go, it's Monday (Tuesday, Wednesday, etc...) They are going to be late for a meeting... they have to find a bathroom really quickly! I honestly don't know what is going on with them, but I know that I have to share the road with them, and therefore, I should show them a little road-love... let them go on their merry way, put no conditions on it - (you better let me in next time we are fighting to merge into one toll lane)... I wish them well, and hope that they arrive at their destination... it takes A LOT sometimes to send them that love... but somehow, I always feel peace restored in my own car, and my own soul when I am able to do it.
Now, with all the hatred in the world, and all the craziness and violence, shouldn't we send a little more unconditional love around the world?
Freedom is not free, it never has been... but LOVE is.