Many years ago as I was walking with notebook and pen in hand, I came up with a list of of thoughts about what Love is and what Love is not. Here is that list, hopefully you will look at Love with different eyes as you read what I believe to be a more comprehensive list of what I believe love to be.
Love is appreciation, acceptance, thinking of others.
Love is acceptance of one’s self and others and appreciation of what you have been so generously and graciously given.
Love is service to others with a smile.
Love acknowledges others. Sacrifices for others. Recognizes others.
Love forgives others and also forgives one’s self for wrong doing.
Love is patience, kind, understanding, empathetic and compassionate.
Love is not exclusively sensual or sexual contact, the act of love making, looking lovely or beautiful, stares from others.
Love is not your external appearance and does not judge others external appearances.
Love is trust, honor, respect, obedience.
Love giving without the expectation of receiving back from your unconditional gift.
Love is not selfish, greedy, self-centered, jealous, envious, impatient, needy.
Love is not out of control; love does not lose control of one’s self.
Love is not angry, bitter or hostile.
Love is a state of calm, peace and harmony with one’s self and others.
Love is spending time together because you desire to, it is not in what you are doing that matters, but the fact that you are doing it together.
Love is not only kissing, physical contact, physical intimacy.
Love reaches deeper and is committed to one another and a common cause or belief, a desire to please one another, sharing, caring, and daring to be yourself.
Love is not pretentious, narcissistic, egotistical.
Love is acceptance of others for who they are and not for who they are not.
Love does not desire to change others, but accepts them imperfections and all.
Love is finding joy in every situation and circumstance and trial that life has to offer.
Love is not a state of neediness, boastful, prideful, vain or insecure.
Love does not take but gives.
Love is the gift of giving
Love desires to please others and comfort others.
Love is patient, kind and understanding.
Love is giving a gift to someone else when they least expect it.
Love is giving a gift to those or others who are incapable of repaying you.
Love is being the first one to say you are sorry.
Love is being the first one to back down from a fight, an argument, a quarrel or disagreement.
Love does not have to be right all the time.
Love is giving in or compromising to promote peace and harmony.
Love is not sweating the small or trivial things in life and remembering that everything is small or trivial.
Love thinks before it speaks.
Love is slow to anger.
Love is being a good listener.
Love is thinking and acting positively, optimistically and with gladness in your heart.
Love is living with personal integrity, honesty and truth.
Love is not to be confused with lust.
Love is sticking it out through the difficult times.
Love does not seek its own glory, honor and praise.
Love is humble.
Love is having the freedom to be yourself without the fear, uncertainty and doubt that comes from worrying about how others feel about you.
Love does not judge others and does not worry about being judged by others.
Love is respect for others in all circumstances.
Love is not destructive to others or to one’s self; it does not seek to destroy but to build up.
Love does not gossip, slander or speak harshly to others.
Love does not speak behind another’s back.
Love builds others up.
Love speaks kindly of others.
Love, respects the rights and feelings of others.
Love respects the opinions and beliefs of others.
Love appreciates and respects the imperfections of others.
Love does not point out others imperfections, weaknesses or acts of indiscretion.
Love does not keep secrets because love does not listen to secrets.
Love looks for opportunities to give.
Love is a gracious and thankful recipient of gifts from others.
Love respects the feelings of others.
Love puts the needs, wants and desires of others before their own.
Love is not critical of others.
Love does not criticize others.
Love is not mean to others, verbally or physically.
Love means accepting and forgiving your enemies or those who attempt to harm you.
Love does not blame, shame or find fault in others.
Love means accepting personal responsibility for your actions regardless of the consequences.
Love does not grumble or complain.
Love does not complain.
Love does not compare one with another.
Love does not judge others.
Love does not purposely cause or inflict pain.
Love does not seek revenge.
Love is not vengeful.
Love begins and ends with you, you are loved, the Lord loves you, accepts you for who you are – unconditionally.
Love is not something you seek after, give love freely and freely you will receive love.
Love today, live today, forgive today, and serve today.
Love is not only listening, but listening to what is being spoken.
Love is more than three words which can be easily spoken; love is putting those three spoken words into action.
Love is tolerant of other people’s differences.
Love is not what you get back, but what you give.
Love is not what you possess, but what you give away.
Love does not attempt to keep up with our neighbors.
Love is prayer, joy and happiness.
Love means being content, regardless of the circumstance.
Love is not wanting more, but getting by with what you have been so graciously given.
Love knows the rules, accepting the rules and obeying the rules.
Love is acceptance of what one has and not grumbling or complaining about what one does not have.
Love does not tease others.
Love does not make fun of others or make them the butt of jokes, especially in front of others.
Love does not compare one person to another.
Love does not seek to conquer, but looks for equality in all things.
Love does not destroy, rather it builds up.
Love is affection, affirmation and the gift of time spent together.
Love is not what you do for you, but what you do for others.
Love is not about where you have gone that matters, but where you are headed.
Love means never having to go to bed angry.
Love means never being forced or coerced into saying you are sorry.
Love is service to others.
Love is calm, a state of peace and tranquility.
What is love to you? I am certain you can come up with your own list.
Sound Advice for life (Life Coach, Author, entrepreneur, Father, Motivational Speaker)
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