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What Love Looks Like

I’m a couple of days late on this linkup (seems to be my common theme this week), but today I’m joining The Blended Blog’s latest prompt – What Love Looks Like.

During Valentine’s Day, people tend to focus on romantic love. Romantic love is probably the most popular thing that comes to mind when people think about love, but it is not the only way to show love.

Love can have many faces. It can look like support from a friend – old or new – when times are difficult.

It can look like rallying together to help someone in your community who is in need.

It can look like getting up multiple times during the night to help your child get back to sleep if she is having a bad dream or can’t get comfortable.

It can look like taking your dog outside when it is pouring buckets, only to have him sniff around instead of doing what you thought he needed to do. (Hmm, is that an oddly specific example or what?).

It can look like celebrating the good fortune of someone in your life, even when things aren’t going so great in your own life.

It can look like spending your only day off helping your child and her family get settled into their new house.

It can look like so many things, but we have to learn to recognize it. When I was single, I wondered if I would ever get married. I sometimes worried that I would be “unloved” forever. This was a bit narrow-minded on my part though because I was already surrounded by love; I just didn’t see it because I was focused on a certain type of love. If that sounds familiar to you, then I urge you to take a look at your life and see what types of friendships and relationships that you have developed and could cultivate more. I know that I’m guilty of neglecting friendships, so I’m missing out on a type of love in my life. That sounds kind of weird to say, but it’s part of what makes me a complete person.

Honestly, I’m not sure how to end this post. This was a bit of a tough concept for me to think about, and it’s difficult to write about this when I have been married for a while and see love daily. I guess I just want to say that if you feel lonely or unloved, please reach out to someone. I’ll be glad to be a listening ear if you’d like. There are so many people who go through their lives thinking they are alone, but they don’t need to be. Look for love, and if you can’t find it, create it because love can look like anything that you want it to.

What does love look like to you? Leave a comment and let me know…or help me figure out a better ending to this post! 😉

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  1. Love is a million little things everyday…doesn’t always come neatly packaged or have the smell of roses (or the price tag). It takes many years of marriage to recognize this, I think. We have to get old enough to abandon grandiose and appreciate the many different ways we receive love…and it’s not always in the spoken word. Sometimes it looks like a clean kitchen or a made up bed!!