It’s the nicest word in the whole of our vocabulary, LOVE. Everyone wants to love and be loved. But do we really know what love is? We know that it feels nice. We learned that with that feeling is the need for sensations and physical connection. We hug our parents as we express what we feel, we use words to tell our children we love them, we kiss to relay what we feel.
Are we not confusing ourselves between love and lust at times? Between love and emotions? Between love and being in love?
The need to touch is overpowering when there is desire. It is euphoric and addictive that it clouds our judgment to the point of us not knowing if we lust or love the other person. A child follows an order from a parent with the emotion of fear instead of love. Or a woman thought to say “yes” to her man because she loves him but actually is just so “inlove” or carried away with the feelings attached to being inlove.
I CRAVE TO FULLY LOVE AND BE LOVED. Including loving myself. It has always been believed that before you can love, you have to first learn how to love yourself. According to the American Monk Burt Goldman, “loving ourselves is not a form of conceit.” We don’t believe ourselves to be greater than another just because we love ourselves. Instead we just see ourselves more in a positive light. And in doing so we would know that we are no greater or lesser than any other. With that knowledge we can freely love others as well.
As we look now in our world, it seems that people have less and less love for others and themselves. There’s evil everywhere. Life of another being is not given importance, material things rules the mind of individuals, the need to be powerful over others brings about greed, people prove others that they are ruthless by coveting any they like and you see selfishness, lust, or every inconsiderable actions and desires. With such, people do not love themselves enough to allow themselves be seen as rotting persona, to be seen and branded dark and evil. LOVE STARTS WITHIN YOURSELF.
And it’s still not too late to know how to find yourself. You might look whole but inside we are scattered. There are just way too many things to do and take care of that we tend to lose ourselves along the way. As a child we learn and discover, but through the years we encounter failures. We shy away from our childish belief that the world is revolving around us. We find ourselves revolving around the world and we are apparently a little more detached than how we wanted to. I know…I found myself! And now I am preparing myself to once again be whole to fully love and be loved as I deserve to be.