What is LOVE? What does it mean?

Our friend Rowie from “Down Unda” shared this with us.

We were sitting down for lunch when I decided to read it via email. Kinda embarrassed I looked like I was crying over my turkey dip sandwich.

Lately, I have been down and out over a recent incident. Major disappointment to me. And I truly believe its easy for us to lose focus on what matters. As most of us do, we tend to live in the moment. So focused on deadlines, impressions, work, family, amongst other things that direct our attention. Sad but true.

To me, love is what fuels us. Whether it be our passion to succeed, what we enjoy, our families, our memories and much more. Love is a big word. And a lot of us use it too freely. I do. Guilty. But this touching email seemed to put it in perspective for me today. It doesn’t matter that I purposely embarrassed myself to someone, that what I thought was legit was in fact full of BS. That living today is more important than living in yesterday. And that I can only guarantee the love I have. Nothing else should matter to me. It all comes and goes. And disappointment is always going to show its ugly self.

And when disappointments bring you down, bring yourself back. Whatever it takes. For me its Adele. Yup. And the love of my family. None of that crap will matter, because today is here and tomorrow isn’t promised, and life goes on with or without us.

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is really worth it. Touching words from the mouths of babes.

What does ‘Love’ mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does ‘love’ mean?’

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.

So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.. That’s love.’

Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

Karl – age 5

‘ Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’

Chrissie – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’

Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.

My Mummy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’

Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’

Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’

Nikka – age 6

(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’

Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

Cindy – age 8

‘My mummy loves me more than anybody

You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’

Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’

Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’

Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)

Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’

Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’

Jessica – age 8

And the final one –

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour,

The little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’

When there is nothing left, that is when you find out that love is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot!

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4 responses to “What is LOVE? What does it mean?

  1. This email of little kids’ descriptions/definitions of LOVE blessed my heart! “Right on.” I say, “Right on!” Everyone who reads these LOVE messages and desires to weave them into their daily Love Walk…will be blessed. Blessed means Happy. So, if I really wanna be happy…I just Love God & others…all day long. I give thanks to God from Whom all good gifts come. I will seek first the Kingdom of God … and all else will be given if I stay humble. Remembering not to be puffed up with any blessing but giving thanks & praise to Our Creator. Grace is given to the humble. AND the GOAL of all the twelve steps is humility. Humbly loving one another & gratefully BEING me…Becoming child-like, not remaining childish. Let’s have a totally LOVING day…no matter what the outward circumstances.

  2. Thank you for sharing this, ( now crying) it will change how I think so I can be a better person in the world. I love your work and the sharing of your inner lite you give to the world. All the best to you in your life.

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