• Chantal Porter

A deeper look at the words "I Love You"

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Here goes the first blog on love...

So, Valentine’s day has ended, and the lovebirds have gone back into hiding (Ps. I have absolutely nothing against Valentine’s day). Social media buzzed with people expressing love for their partners in a plethora of ways. My heart warmed with the various displays, and I imagined how those searching for love might have longed for someone to spend the day with. I also thought about the symbolism of the day, in that, what does it really mean to people? I believe that Valentine's day, is a day of love and appreciation!

What is love? This is not a simple question, so inevitably there isn't a simple answer. Many argue that love is not enough, but I cannot agree with this view. My friends love is multifaceted. Love does not only have a romantic meaning (it's more than just -making love). It involves TRUST, compassion, COMMITMENT, RECIPROCITY, compromise, charity, and more. Let's be real, I’m no expert when it comes on to love, but my experience thus far has taught me one key thing. Love is a DECISION to accept all the good and all the flaws that someone has without trying to change them. Many It's not just a FEELING of butterflies!

Do not be deceived by the commercialization of love. The media either presents us with a ‘perfect couple’ or a broken relationship where one person does all the compromising. My question is, where’s the 'in between'? A lot of marriages and committed relationships fall somewhere in the middle. It includes couples with highs and lows, zigged-zagged interactions, unequal compromise, equal COMPROMISE and more. Only God’s love is perfect. Ours is tainted with our insecurities, needs, and selfish desires, but we can learn to love in ways that are beneficial to our partners and ourselves.

Love is a beautiful roller-coaster of emotions. Learn to love with COMPASSION and do it wholeheartedly. Valentine's day is beautiful but do remember those random reminders of love start fires within the heart. Spread love to friends, family spouses, kids on a regular basis. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Remember that we don’t have all the time in the world, and the future is an unsolved mystery.

I hope to share with you my little love story at some other point in time with you. In the meantime stay blessed, love how you desire to be loved and live in gratitude. You can learn a bit more about who I am here.

"Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion toward men and toward objective things."- Albert Einstein

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