The Look of Love

What have you learned in your life about love?

There are many degrees of love.

I thought no love could be stronger than my love for my daughter. Until my granddaughter was born. It is like deja vu all over again, but you have a lot more fun this time around. I had never felt such immediate and overwhelming joy about a person before.

Cats or Dogs? Most likely, you have a preference for one over the other. If you can’t tolerate either, I feel sorry for you. You have a giant void in your life that you are unaware of. If you travel a lot or have allergies, get a fish. Pets are the only friends you can count on to listen to you and not tell anyone later.

Personally, I do not do cats. Aside from being allergic to their dander, cats withhold their affection and think they are superior to you. Who needs that? A dog thinks you are the greatest person in the world. They adore you. Although they can be needy of your attention – to the point of not letting you get anything done, you feel flattered and a bit grateful. When I get annoyed beyond thought, I give in and tell my dog, “OK, I’m going to sit down now and do nothing.” She will happily escort me to my chair. After a back scratch and an ear rub, she happily lies at my feet and snoozes.

Then there is love for your fellow man. Jesus told his disciples to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:29-33)
He did not mean only love the people on your street, but anyone you meet. And yes, he meant that annoying (and extremely LOUD) family down the block.

Romantic love is exciting and happy. It’s emotional, overly sensitive, and heart-wrenching. Love hurts. It wounds. It scars. Mmmm that reminds me of a song. If you know the one I am thinking about, you are not so young.

Unrequited romantic love is a one-sided love affair that is only on your side. These are detrimental to your self-esteem and cause depression. Move on from that affair as quickly as possible. Before you become a stalker.


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