Love is a universal language. We all speak it. We all crave it. Love doesn’t favour age, skin color, or economic status. If you’re human, you understand it.
The funny thing about love is that, even though we have it in our nature, we sure can make it messy. I believe the reason for this is because the part of love that comes easy to us is the emotion side of it. And emotions can get messy…
The part of love that doesn’t come so easy? Sacrifice. And it is a component of love, whether we like it or not. It is the ACT of love. Sacrifice is the action attached to the emotion. They go together.
Even though sacrifice is not a glamorous word, it makes up the purest form of love. What a beautiful exchange for someone to take their selfish desires and strip them away in order to put the other person first.
In a romantic relationship, especially marriage, this part of love is absolutely necessary. Two DIFFERENT people are navigating life together. There WILL be bumps in the road. There WILL be obstacles and arguments, and if we depend solely on our emotions, it would probably be anger that guides our reactions in this case instead of love. I don’t remember a time that anger was reliable…
When I was young, I used to dream about prince charming, and I would often picture love as a butterfly feeling in my stomach. He would choose me out of the hundreds, and our eyes would be filled with desire. We would laugh, and dance, and lay under the stars, dreaming about our futures…
But with time, and being married for two years, I have learned that love looks more like… caring for one another when you’re sick. Or unloading the dishwasher, so the other person doesn’t have to do it. Or staying up before bed watching YouTube videos while the other person writes their blog post, so they don’t feel as though they are alone 🙂
(I really did find prince charming ❤ )
At the end of the day, I think what counts is that if you receive love, you give love. It is a domino effect. If we all would take the focus off of ourselves, and instead on to other people, love would spread like wildfire…what a world that would be!
Sending you LOVE 🙂
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