Love is the essence of life and one must never stop loving. I love this quote by Christopher Moore, an American author from his book ´Lamb´.
“He loved constantly, instantly, spontaneously, without thought or words. That’s what he taught me. Love is not something you think about, it is a state in which you dwell. That was his gift.”
Love is such a pure and spontaneous emotion and act. One cannot quantify and limit love. That is why love cannot have labels other than love itself. The beauty about love is that it is so diverse and limitless. I love my family and friends and people who don´t fall under these two categories as well. I fall in love so many times a day. It could be a child´s smile, an auto rickshaw driver´s attitude towards life, a 20 year old someone with big dreams in his eyes, a 50 year old someone who is like my sister from another mother. Some of these relationships are transient but their memories linger forever. There cannot be any label other than love for such relationships.
We must love and fall in love over and over again. The key is to love without being attached. To love with detachment is the real challenge but it´s vital. There is no such thing as too much loving if it comes with a sense of detachment. To love without expectations or any attachment is the most liberating experience.
I feel we live in a world where to love limitlessly is met with a lot of suspect. As a person, I find it very easy to be appreciative and that comes as a surprise to some people. Because, they cannot understand why am I being so nice. For me, it´s a simple policy! If you have something nice to say, say it out in the language of love that you are most comfortable with. If you have nothing nice to say, keep mum.
One of the biggest blocks towards loving people spontaneously is the self. Too many people are in love with themselves to see anyone beyond. It´s all about self-importance. Narcissism and love cannot co-exist. Love sees everyone as equal and worthy of loving. Narcissism only picks on flaws in others to boost one´s own self-worth. And didn´t one wise chap say ´It is nice to be important but more important to be nice.´
Love has no limits. It has no boundaries. It cannot be boxed with labels. Just like the Universe itself and the Almighty God!
“Let all that you do be done in love.”– 1 Corinthians 16:14
For this week´s Friday Reflections hosted by Corinne Rodrigues. This week´s photo prompt is provided by Corinne Rodrigues. Anyone can participate!