If you LOVE someone, you don’t just give your love one life’s luxuries that fade, but the best thing that you can do is to implant the sincere love with a touch of instilling the feeling of security and irrepressible blissful future in the person that deserves your love.
Topics about Love can be so endearing… but can also be an infinite one.
ALL OF US have our own perception or definition about LOVE… and I really mean ALL of us, in all shape and form, the young and the old…
I am pretty sure that the first person to say “I Love You” to me is my mother… and I define Love then as sort of an affirmation from a Mother to her Son, that everything will be okay as long as she’s there protecting me from all possible harm that I might get exposed into (e.g. from the Bullies in school, etc.)
As I grow older, in my Primary School days, I got exposed to a new meaning of Love… my mother showed me how she Love me by setting “priorities” for me and my siblings.
Our family is basically in a “poor” standard of living during that time:
- the struggles to have a brand new school uniform because family budget is never enough ( I remember wearing the same set of uniform for two straight years, and I finally got a new one because I have outgrown their size),
- as far as I can remember I have only experienced being in a movie house once in my entire Primary School days (that’s 6 years without watching a film in a Cinema),
However, in spite of being “deprived” of the above “luxuries”, I never felt hungry because I missed a meal (we eat a decent 3 times a day and sometimes a bonus of having afternoon snacks) , I never felt substantially sick because on every first sign of illness my mother would always bring me to Dr. Gonzalez (a private Doctor in our barangay), I never missed any school activities (e.g. school field days, educational trips, etc.) that require extra payment, and although I never experienced going to a Private School, I am proud to say that my mother gave me the best education anyone could ever have… and I owe it all to the Public Schools I attended during my school days; Makati Elementary School (Primary), Makati Polytechnic Community College (Secondary), and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Tertiary) where I finished the course Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
I learned from my mother that Love is not about giving or living the temporary luxuries in life.
She indirectly taught me that, If you LOVE someone, you don’t give your love one life’s luxuries that fade, but the best thing that you can do is to implant the sincere love with a touch of inculcating the feeling of security and irrepressible future in the person that deserves your love.
Having the above “LOVE’s foundation” overwhelming me, this is also where I learned the meaning of LOVE in the most significant way….
My mother is a devoted Catholic, but I don’t ever remember her imposing her Catholic beliefs in me and my siblings. All she ever did was being what she normally does as a Catholic; go to Church on Sundays, Pray the Rosary, and be kind and fair to all the people around her.
Through her own examples, my older sister and I found ourselves practicing the same Faith and “even exceeded” what my mother normally does when we became involved in Church activities (St. Paul Parish in Poblacion, Makati, Philippines).
My sister and I attended Legion of Mary, Bible Studies, and I even became an Altar Server during early morning masses…and this was the time I got exposed to, for me, the deepest meaning of Love; the Love as depicted in the Bible…
…from the New Testament of the Christian Bible, the First Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians) Chapter 13 verses 4-8, and 13: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. …And now these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.” (New International Version)
To this day, I am still marvelling at the thoughts (and perhaps dream) that someday we would all have in us derive the true meaning of LOVE from 1 Corinthians 13.
However, we live in a world of reality where we cannot impose what everyone should feel towards each other… because God has given us free will… the GIFT of freedom to choose and to feel…
So, for those who get “emotional tensions” because they haven’t found their TRUE LOVE yet… don’t despair, being in LOVE is not just about being in love with a partner, there are a lot of LOVELY moments that we can enjoy even without a partner… we have the LOVE from our Family…and our Friends.