Editorial: Say it. Show it. Live it.
Such a simple word, one wonders how it can be both overused and underused.
We wildly and randomly profess love for all sorts of things, many of them inanimate objects.
A book or a movie.
Here our ability to love seems limitless.
What do you love?
Wait, don’t answer that. It’s a misdirected concept. All that stuff, well, it’s just stuff. Love should be reserved for people.
The true question is: Who do you love?
That’s a question worth considering this Valentine’s Day.
Those who should be on everyone’s short list: a spouse (or significant other), children, parents. Yes, even on days when liking them proves difficult.
How about your neighbor? Your enemy? Here our ability to love seems limited. There’s no question this kind of love presents challenges, but we should make the effort.
Love, obviously, means different things to different people. For many, it as simple as putting another person’s feelings ahead of our own. Each year when Feb. 14 rolls around, we read articles and watch news reports on couple’s who’s love for one another has endured time and trials. It’s natural to celebrate couples who have practiced that kind of selflessness for many, many years. Stories of long-term commitment can inspire us all.
Valentine’s Day is always a good time to take stock of any loving partnership, to re-energize our relationships and to remind ourselves of all the reasons we picked that “special someone” in the first place.
Love can be one of the most powerful words in the English language in the ways it’s used, but even more powerful in the ways it can be demonstrated — an unstoppable force. It can manifest itself through kindness, kinship and deeds; a lifetime commitment to another person; caring for someone who has been injured or ill; even in the gestures typical of Valentine’s Day, with the giving of cards, flowers and chocolate.
There are countless ways to say, verbally and nonverbally: “I love you.”
So say it. Show it. Live it.
Don’t be afraid.
If you don’t express love on a regular basis with the most important people in your life, this Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to start changing that behavior.
They’ll love you for it.