July 21, 2011
I love you.
And I’m not talking about that head-over-heels, butterflies in my stomach kind of love.
I’m not talking about the kind of love you see in the movies.
My love is based in action.
When I say that I love you I am promising to treat you with respect,
I am promising to be honest,
With you and myself.
I am saying that I care for you and will give you my love freely and openly.
My love is not blind,
It sees your beauty.
My love is grateful for all of the gifts that you bring to this world.
And my love is not a one way street,
When I say that I love and you and that I am promising to treat you with respect and honesty and care,
I am also promising to open to receive your respect, your honesty, your care.
I am opening to receive your love.
You see – this is not that “can’t eat, can’t sleep” kind of love.
With this love we share beautiful meals and sleep deeply at night.
In this love we love not only each other but also ourselves.
But don’t get me wrong – this kind of love is not always easy.
I’m not talking about that “happily-ever-after” kind of love either.
No – this love is full of challenges.
In this love we open ourselves up and become vulnerable.
No, this love is not always easy,
But it is always beautiful.
This love is real.
It’s far from perfect,
It’s full of laughter,
It’s full of tears,
And lessons that come out of nowhere.
And sometimes we still sit, giggling,
Watching some ridiculous romantic comedy where Julia Roberts finds the man of her dreams…
But you know,
That I’m talking about something very different,
When I say,
I love you.