I was going through an old album filled with photographs & the memories that go with them. In 1992 and 1996 I held my two daughters when they were born…the emotions I went through in those moments are beyond what words can describe. The overwhelming feeling of protecting them, of nurturing them, of giving them what they want in life – can I call it love?
Then what is it that I feel for my parents, my brother, the man I love, my friends and a few other people who are part of my life? Simply love! Love gets manifested in many facets based on the relationships we share with people around us. So what are these facets?
- Self less
I’m sure you can add a few more to the list.
The overwhelming emotion that I felt when I held my daughters hasn’t gone away. It has just matured over a period of time. Today, while I still feel protective, wanting to nurture them, care for them, I also know that I need to give them their space as young women. That love has grown & continues to grow, albeit in different ways.
As love continues to mature and grow, it can become a rainbow. When I fell in love decades ago, the fluttering of the heart, the butterflies in my stomach, going weak in the knees gave me an indication that this man is not like any other man I have known or this relationship is unlike any other relationship in my life. Do I still feel the same way today…sure I do! Besides going through all the emotions I have mentioned above, today our love is akin to mature wine. Mellow, yet potent enough to intoxicate, comforting, yet exciting enough to keep the passion alive. Over a period of time I have come to understand his little foibles, what his moods mean, his relationships and most important his space. And I can only love him more for all of this.
The love we feel for people in our lives is beyond human comprehension. The only way to enjoy it is to express it, revel in it and celebrate it.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-13