Definition of Love

According to Webster Love is :  strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties;  attraction based on sexual desire; attraction based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests; warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion; unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another;  the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration ; a god or personification of love;

Synonym: affection, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, passion;

This is my contribution to what

LOVE IS:

Love is the energy that can ignite a heart and stir the soul.

Love is caring that compels smiles of happiness or tears of joy.

Love is a sacrifice made for the good of self or others.

Love is what everyone seeks and not all find.

Love is smiling at a stranger on the street.

Love is bringing joy to an elder by a visit.

Love is being there for a family member.

Love is volunteering to assist a co-worker.

Love is baking cookies for a neighbor.

Love is making an unexpected hospital visit.

Love is action taken to lighten someone’s load.

Love is caring or sharing another’s woes.

Love is a collage of kind words, hugs, actions.

Love is a gift that gives back.

Love is rewarded by peace, joy, happiness.

Love is the Divine Spirit’s greatest gift.

Till next time, may Light make your path clear, may Wisdom be your guide and may Love lead you in this journey called “Life”.

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Why the Topic “Love” Part II

Since I had not had love shown to me as a child, I knew how important is was for me to make sure my children knew how wonderful they are and how much they are loved.  I realized that I would need to figure out what were the most important things I wanted to teach my children.  I decided that I would attempt to teach them that they are loved very much, that they are wonderful people and that they can do anything they want if they are willing to put forth the effort and work to make their dreams a reality.

My children have learned these things, and I am so proud of all their accomplishments.  However, I am even prouder of the people they have become.  My children are  loving, creative, smart people who give me great joy.  I see them with their significant others and their friends and am in awe of how they have learned to share love with those around them.

Having said all the above, the point I want to make is that even though I came from a home that lacked love, it did not prevent me from knowing how important love is.  When you know you are loved and valued, you can reach new heights of happiness, joy and success.  God brought me through a world of hurt, molded me, loved me and helped me to become someone who truly likes who she is.  I am thankful everyday for the wonder of what love can do.

I began listening to Leo Buscaglia after going through some health issues, had lost about 1 1/2 years of work and was re-entering the workforce.  God had, once again, brought me through a storm to teach me just how wonderful and valuable life is.  I had wanted to listen to some motivational tapes to prepare myself for going back to work, so I went on ebay and found “Celebrate Life”by Leo.  I would listen to this tape everyday while on the way to work.  I enjoyed listening to Leo so much because of his passion for teaching people about Love.  When I would listen to him, I was also full of passion.  I have always believed that love is energy which when shown or experienced enters into the Universe and helps to create more love.  I believe the same can be said of hate.  I think a lot of our worlds’ problems revolve around lack of love being dispersed, while hate is being circulated at an alarming rate.

I hope you will join me as I explore love and share love within our world.

Till next time, may Light make your path clear, may Wisdom be your guide and may Love lead you in this journey called “Life”.

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Why the Topic “Love” Part I

When I watched Leo Buscaglia’s tapes, he often referred to his wonderful parents, and the hugging and love that was shared so freely within his large Italian family.  Well, that’s not my story. Actually, it was the opposite.   I didn’t see or feel that kind of love displayed within my family.

However, for some reason, since my preteen years, I always knew that God was guiding me and loving me.  I had a wonderful, beautiful grandmother who I remember spending so many great times.  I don’t remember her ever telling me she loved me, but I knew she did.  My parents divorced when I was 9 which was confusing for me.  My father retained custody of the children, and I lost touch with my mother for many years.  I won’t go into all the pain or abuse, but it was not an easy childhood nor a loving one.   My 2nd oldest sister tried and told me she loved me at one point, but by that time, I had become pretty bitter and lashed out with words full of hate.  I regret being mean to her, but have forgiven myself, since I didn’t really know any better at that time.  My oldest sister and my youngest sister were pretty close to me, and I knew there was love from them.

When I became an adult, my mother and I reunited, and I was able to renew that love.  What a wonderful time we had  getting to know each other and the new family she had.  I grew very close to her and her family.  I guess I am extra blessed because of the connection I’ve been able to build with my Mother and her family, and some of my siblings from my original family.

The purpose of the telling of my story is to let you know that I knew how important love was because I had not felt loved as a girl.  When I had children of my own, and after my divorce from their father, I knew I didn’t know how to raise children.  I had not been taught how to be a loving parent.  I put myself into therapy, read lots of self-help books and listened to endless tapes on self-discovery.  I knew that as a single parent I would not be able to teach my children all the things they should know.  I worked 1-4 jobs most of the time, and I missed so much valuable time with my children.  I remember, sometimes when is wasn’t a school night,  coming home from my last job at night, going in and waking them up just so I could spend some time with them.

Till next time, may Light make your path clear, may Wisdom be your guide and may Love lead you in this journey called “Life”.

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Beginning the Adventure

I have been sitting today and renewing my mind with positive affirmations and listening to Leo Buscaglia tapes on youtube. Mr. Buscaglia has been deceased since June of 1998 which was heartbreaking to me because I so wanted to meet him.  I guess I will have to wait a little longer.

When I was in church this past Sunday, I realized I wanted to write about “love”.  I have, in the past few years, begun listening to tapes and reading books by Leo Buscaglia.  Listening to him always lifts my spirit and fills me with a passion to live my dream of becoming a writer.

Today, after listening for several hours, I located the name of his publisher.  I sent an email to Ms. Hay who, to my surprise, promptly returned a reply.  I was so thankful and ready to press on.  Ms. Hay suggested that I begin a blog and write in it everyday which is what I am going to do.  I am very excited about this and hope the content is something that will be helpful not only to myself, and those who follow my blog, but the whole world as there can never be enough love.

Till next time, may Light make your path clear, may Wisdom be your guide and may Love lead you in this journey called “Life”.

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