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What’s the Deeper Meaning of Love

“But,” offered Mommy Owl, “you must never forget your family and the friends who helped you become such a wise Little Owl.”

“Why?” wondered Little Owl, looking up at her curiously.

“Because we all love you and are here to help if you ever lose your way!”

[Excerpt from Hello Little Owl]

I love my new shoes! I loved that movie! I just love going to the beach! I love my soft wool mittens! I love to sail! I love baseball! I love rock concerts! I love the color blue! My favorite food is chocolate. I love it! …  And so on and so on …

When the word “love” is used in this way it means an intense like for something inanimate, such as an event, a place or a thing. It describes something that exhilarates your senses, through how you see, hear, feel, smell or taste!

Love for animate objects such as family, friends, lovers and pets also exhilarates our senses, as we may smile at the sight of a loved one, laugh at the sound of a familiar voice, inhale slowly recognizing a familiar scent, or cuddle up to the soft furriness of a favorite cat or dog. These are the wonderful “warm and fuzzy’ feelings of love before it penetrates to a much deeper level. There is an intense emotion within our hearts and souls that resonates when experiencing love for another human or a devoted pet.

True love is selfless. When we love deeply, we give up our own demands to care for and comfort those we love. We are available to help in their times of need. We care about the happiness of those we love and support them in their endeavors.

Sometimes we have to intervene to help someone who has taken the wrong path. This is called “tough love,” as it is hard to confront someone, even if we know it is for his or her own good. It is harder still because we put ourselves at risk of losing their love. True love is putting another’s destiny above our own to the extent that is physically and emotionally possible.

Genuine love should be happy, proud, honest, kind, supportive, exciting, caring, comfortable, trusting, understanding, concerned, familiar, complimentary, sometimes romantic, and always nonjudgmental. True love is compassionate and all encompassing.

Questions to Think About …

  • Can you explain the difference between the words “animate” and “inanimate”?
  • What are some of the inanimate things that you “love”? How do these things affect your senses?
  • Who are some of the animate beings that you love? How do you let them know that you truly love them?
  • Do you know what the word “compassionate” means? Can you remember some ways you have shown compassion?
  • Do you know who loves you? Can you think of three things they do to let you know they love you?

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