Six Ways To Love
by Roberta B. Turner

What better time of the year to speak about love when it is the beginning of a New Year, and we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day.  Love is something that is both precious and is cherished by most of us.  Love has many different forms.  Love of God, parents, children, grandchildren, family, a spouse, friends, and for many of us our pets.

We tend to use the word love in pretty generic ways and “I Love You” is often said and heard.  We also read the words “Lots of Love” on emails, cards, and gifts.

History buffs will be interested to know that the ancient Greeks were quite sophisticated in the way they thought about love. Here are some of the views modernized to today’s standards for us to ponder.

Deep Friendship

Is about showing loyalty to your friends, caring for them, as well as sharing your emotions with them. So we all should evaluate how many relationships we have that fall into this type of love.  It can be with good friends and also with family because siblings feel it, parents feel it, and grandparents feel it.

Playful Love

Playful love is the casual and fun affection between children or casual lovers. We’ve all had a taste of it in the flirting and teasing in the early stages of a relationship. We also experience this when we sit around a bar bantering or gathering and laughing with friends.

Love For Everyone

Another form of love, and perhaps the most radical, is selfless love. This is a love that you extend to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. This type of love was translated into Latin as caritas, which is the origin of the word “charity.”

Longstanding Love

This type of love is described as a mature, realistic love that is commonly found amongst long-established couples. It is about making compromises to help the relationship work overtime and showing patience and tolerance.

Love Of Yourself

There were two types of self-love. One is unhealthy, where you became self-obsessed and focused on personal fame and fortune. A healthier version of self-love enhances your wider capacity to love. The idea is, if you like yourself and feel secure, you will have plenty of love to give others.

Sexual Passion

This kind of love represents the idea of sexual passion and desire. It is all about losing control and falling madly in love with a single romantic relationship where we hope to find all the different loves wrapped into a single person or soulmate.

Love is all around us and we need to embrace this emotion and spread the love in our everyday lives. The expression “Love Conquers All” is something we need more of in this volatile world we are living in.  We need it for ourselves, our loved ones, and for our country.  Let us promote it.

Here Are Some Quotes You May Find Inspirational

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
“If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“I think you have different soulmates throughout your life, that your soul needs different things at different times. I do believe in love. I will always believe in love.”
“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.”
“The way to know life is to love many things.”
“With our love, we could save the world.”
“I have found the paradox that, if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
“It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.”
“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”
“When you are missing someone, time seems to move slower, and when I’m falling in love with someone, time seems to be moving faster.”
“What the heck is true love? I remember feeling, back when I was 12 and going with this girl, Is this true love?”
“To be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.”
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity
cannot survive.”
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”
“Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.”
“Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love. But in reality, love is the only thing in this world
that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again.”
“I think you have to be willing to take a bullet for somebody if you’re going to stand up there, take your vows, and be married to them for the rest of your life.”