Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Something To Think About - Love, Redefined

Love. Honesty.

Most people will agree that these two things go hand in hand. If you don't, realize that real quick.

I've said it many times, and I'll say it again: You have to love yourself before you can truly love anyone else. You have to accept who you are, accept your own strengths and weaknesses, accept your hopes and dreams, accept your values, accept your wants and needs, accept your personality, accept your appearance, accept your abilities, accept your faults, and accept your fears.

Understanding who you are as a person is the first step in discovering true love within yourself. Being honest with who you are as a person is the second step. Embracing who you are as a person is the third.

When it comes to loving others, it's simple: repeat the above steps, but for someone other than yourself. Find out who they are: What makes them special? What makes them laugh? What makes them cry? What separates them from the crowd? What makes them smile? What drives them? What do they believe? Why do they believe that? Who do they love? Why do they love them?

True love can't be defined. It simply comes from every possible reason, or even no reason at all. When you truly love someone, or yourself, you'll know. You'll know 100%, and hopefully, you won't ever look back. And once that happens, you're that much closer to being happy.

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Of course, no love would be possible without honesty. Like I said, you first have to be honest with yourself.

When I say being honest with yourself, I mean keeping true to your beliefs, actions, words, lies, thoughts, feelings, loves, fears, heartaches, passions, emotions, dreams, wants, needs, prayers, and hopes.

When I say keeping true to all those things, I mean don't be a hypocrite. You only have one life, so what's the point of going through it if you're just pretending? Pretending to be happy when you're not, pretending to love when you don't, pretending to not have feelings when you do, pretending to be dreaming when you aren't, etc.

If you feel it, show it. If you want it, take it. If you love her, tell her. If you need it, get it. If you hope it, dream it. If you hear it, consume it. If you like it, do it. If you think it, write it. If you believe it, trust it. If you love him, hold him. If you miss it, reminisce it. If you talk it, walk it. If you regret it, forget it. If you hate it, protest it. If you catch it, run with it. If you fail it, prevail it. If you drop it, regain it. If you love it, live it.

Be true. Be honest. Be faithful. Be loyal. Be loud. Be proud. Be humble. Be responsible. Be you.

If you don't love yourself, you'll never love anyone else. And what's a life without love?...Honestly?

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