For the Love of Words
Love: The Elusive Four-Lettered Word
Love is such a small word in size, but its true meaning can move mountains. Many of you will probably agree that the word love has been overused, abused, and not really understood by youth. In fact, love can be quite difficult to define because of its elusive meaning. So, when I say that I love my husband, my children, my family and friends, or my animals, I mean something real. This is not the love that teenagers think they know. Love is more than a feeling, it is a way of life.
How Does One Measure Love?
On Valentine’s Day my husband tried (with great difficulty, might I add) to tell me how much he loves me. After a few moments of silence, he finally said that no one word can accurately describe our love. Well, I must agree! 😉 Part of the reason this is true is because the word love is so overused…here I go again. Hah! What is sad to me is that people attribute more meaning and passion to the word hate than they do love. People don’t talk about hating just anything, that is reserved for truly vile situations. By contrast, people croon love over last night’s spaghetti, the sunshine, lover, friends, and so many other things.
So, there’s my spiel on that! I won’t bore you further with my disappointment in society’s definition of love. Moving on…
The passion, vigor, romance, and feeling the word love is supposed to evoke seems more and more lost. So, here are a few of my favorite words that might help describe what love is to me and how I feel my love for others should be described.
As you can see, love takes on many meanings to me, but my love for one is not necessarily the same as my love for another. There are many different kinds of love…perhaps that is why society has chosen to abuse this four-lettered word.
So what if this particular post was sappy and cheesy? Love is on my mind today! We are so very truly blessed, no matter what turbulence or drama is happening in everyday life. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day problems, issues, and annoyances.
Instead of thinking about the things that make you hurt, angry, upset, or annoyed, think instead of what you do have. Family, friends, the love of others, someone or something to cherish…look for the love, and you will find it. What do you think about that?
- Everything I Needed to Know about Modern Love I Learned from the Oxford English Dictionary Quarterly Updates (bigthink.com)
- Note 291 – Words Meaning Love (includes quiz) (mywritingnotebook.com)
- Love (nechamsblog2.wordpress.com)
- Word of The Day (pigspage.wordpress.com)
Posted on February 21, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged Art, creative writing, family, friendship, happy, love, Passion, Poetry, reflection, Relationship, Romance, together, unique. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.