The other day my 14-year-old sister opened a conversation with me by declaring, “You know there is a difference between loving someone and being “in love.”
“Huh?” I replied. “Who’s your source? Are you claiming that this is your belief, or merely an idea presented to you by someone else?”
The opening to this conversation got me thinking… Like I find myself so often. There’s no black or white in the area of love. Love is based on inner experience, rather than fact.
Have you ever counted how many times we, and others, use the term in a day????
We LOVE that show! We LOVE summer time. We LOVE our new iPhones! We LOVE the word LOVE! The “word” is rhetorical, exaggerated, and overused. Not to say I’m not guilty of the overblown use of LOVE myself. I LOVE me some chocolate cake!
We also LOVE others. But how can we put a universal truth to “the word” when it has been used so excessively?
Love is within one’s self. It’s subjective. What does it mean to you? Is LOVE an action? Is it a feeling? Or, is it both?