Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #25
Love is as necessary to human beings as food and shelter.
What is love and why do we need it as human beings? I feel that love is a hard thing to describe and can’t be pinned down to one description. If I were to define the word love, I would say that it is a way that we act and feel toward things and people that we value. Love is sacrificial, and we will put others needs above ours, and not expect anything in return. Being able to love yourself is just as important as loving others, and if you don’t enjoy yourself, you may not be able to give others love in return. Love is a complicated emotion, and it helps to truly understand what love is rather than what we think it should be. Here are 5 reasons why love is necessary for our lives and how to get the fullest amount of respect out of the relationships we deal with every day.
1. There is a Need to Love
We have heard in the past that there is a need to be loved but how many of us have heard that there is just a greater need to love someone else. I often look at myself and think yes I am that person that pours her love into everyone else. I have a husband and two kids that I fawn over and love on constantly. Sometimes I will admit that I will set myself aside and focus entirely on them. I have gotten better at making a healthy balance out of loving my family but there for a while that was all I did was our my heart and soul into my family unit. The reason I did this was that I felt the need to love and caring for them brought me life’s brightest moments. Making these people in my life happy brought me happiness, and it does to this day. Loving those around us gives us a sense of purpose to our lives. One way to show acts of love randomly is by performing small acts of kindness. Kindness goes far in our daily dealings with our fellow man and doesn’t have to be anything extraordinary. A simple hello to a stranger walking past or a small conversation with a grocery store cashier will brighten there day, and you will feel the warm fuzzies start to flourish which will make your day a little brighter as well.
2. Discover One’s Self
Love opens the door to self-discovery. I think back on the times that I was not comfortable with who I was and most of these times my life was missing the critical element that someone cared. When you are being loved and loving someone in return, you tend to let go of your insecurities that you once dreaded would come out to the world. When someone truly loves you, they don’t care what your imperfections are and that gives you the freedom to find out what makes you amazing. You no longer have to hide and worry instead it turns your focus on your life and what you want to accomplish. When you are loved by another, this builds your strength to achieve dreams and futures.
3. Love Teaches us Lessons
We will not learn unless we do. Love can teach us the lesson of happiness as well as lessons of heartache. Even though there will be times that will bring us to our core these life lessons are here to make us stronger and keep us from making the same mistakes. Love can teach us the experience of a genuine feeling of wanting to do better. Taking away the thinking of ourselves and being able to consider someone else’s well being.
4. Builds Future
It is essential to making a strong foundation for a home the same goes for creating a strong foundation for a relationship. Being able to love and be loved grows and gets stronger. To find a person that wants to work and build a relationship will put you both on the road to success because you will both work at making the future ahead brighter.
5. Love is Healing
The best thing about love is the ability to heal. Love heals a broken heart and spirit. Think about how you felt when you have been your saddest, and someone sat there and just held you? How did you feel at that time? Giving something as simple as a hug shows that there is genuine care that can calm us even in the roughest of storms.
I know there are some out there that don’t think love is a necessity to live. When I sit back and look at the things in my life that made me happiest, it all involves situations of love. We can show love by participating in simple acts of kindness. We will learn to love others and ourselves, and by doing this, we will know self-love. Relationships teach us as we go along and without some sort of love, we would not have an opportunity to learn. We can build our future with another person who wants to help us develop and grow. There is no greater healing than that of love.