Did you know that Greek has four translations for the word love?
- Eros – This is an emotional type of love.
- Philos – Brotherly/friendship love.
- Storgy – This is a motherly love.
- Agapeo – An unconditional type of love that requires no response.
Love can take on many forms, fashions and states. I wanted to spend some time reflecting on love today. As an American culture Valentine's Day is considered "the most romantic" day out of the year. Every store in sight looks like a pink and red explosion. There are sweet treats, lingerie and the color pink is at an all time popular.
As I enter a new era in my life, I've been thinking a lot about love. In it's purest form, agape love is the type of love we need at the depths of the soul. I think everyone in this world has a true need to feel loved no matter what they do in there life. We all want someone (whether that's a parent, child or lover) to care about who we are. Because without others, it's hard to make our self known and defined.
I think instead of Valentine's Day being a day of romance, I'm going to shift my perspective and think about it as a day I can share love for those I really care about. Just like Thanksgiving is a time for us to share our gratitude for those we love, Valentine's really is about giving love to others.
I think it's the little choices in our day that really make us who we are in life. If you are a person who chooses to take daily walks or have sweet conversation over a cup of coffee - that says something about who you are. If you are a person who likes to spend time in nature, or reflect upon spiritual topics regularly - that says something about who you are. If you choose to ride by the seat of your pants and procrastinate regularly - that says something about who you are.
I've been told that people's character shows through when they are in a crisis. I think it's just the opposite - I think character equals choice. The little choices you make day over day end up being who you are in life. Yes, you may be patronized for helping out in time of a big need... but sometimes that just one part... not all of you. I think someone's character shows over time and in the little things they do.
As a mother, daughter, family member and friend - I hope that my little choices inspire those around me. I hope that my character displays someone with a deep sense of spirituality and true leadership. I hope those who come in contact with at the grocery store, park or doctor office get a sense of courage. At the end of the day, how I choose to live moment to moment is the person I am. I choose love in all of its forms.
Happy Valentine's Day!