Symphony of Love have been set up for almost 2 years now. It has given me much pleasure to share the positive power and wisdom of love quotations with Symphony of Love’s subscribers almost everyday. I will get an email reply to ‘unsubscribe’ from the mailing list once in a while. Sometimes, I get very good email from subscribers to share with the rest. There were a few times I felt very touch when some subscribers forwarded the love quotations to their loved ones; but they had clicked ‘reply’ rather than ‘forward’ and sent the email back to me with their love messages. Thank you for helping to spread love around.
This morning when I checked my email, I received a reply from a new subscriber asking me some very interesting questions. I replied asking for permission to think about the questions before answering back. The questions were going through my mind for the whole day while I was carrying out my daily routine and yet I found no answers. Two of the questions asked were:
1. Could you explain to me more about the love which God has given to us?
2. What are the sources of love?
With regards to the first question, the challenge lies in trying to define something abstract like love. Probably Duke Ellington said it best when he said, “Love is indescribable and unconditional. I could tell you a thousand things that it is not, but not one that it is.” And Kristen Kappel said, “Love is something you canâ€™t describe like the look of a rose, the smell of the rain, or the feeling of forever.” Indeed! I have compiled love quotations from many people (from both famous people and from unknown sources) and no two persons had the exact thought about love; they might have similar thought but not exactly the same.
However, I noticed one thing that comes closest to explain about the love which God has given us, is in the giving – unconditional love. Leo Buscaglia said, “Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.” Katharine Hepburn said it best when she said, “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.”
One of the best example of unconditional love would have to be from that of parents. I believe that most of us had experience the unconditional love that our parents had shown us at one time or another. I remembered when I was young, there were two incidents where I had really high fever. My mother was so worried that she practically stayed besides my bed, soaked a piece of towel in cold water and put it over my forehead. There were many times when she would check on us in the night, especially when the weather turned cold, to make sure we were kept warm with our blankets. I knew because I was awake.
Recently I shared a story about a friend of mine who has a special child (Mom, I Graduated Today!) and that is another case of unconditional love. “Unconditional love – it is in the giving that the other person realizes.” The person who is receiving might not even know sometimes, but it never stops you from giving – that is unconditional love, the love which God has given to us.
With regards to the second question, love exists in different forms and degrees. It can be the love one experience in the family from one’s parents, siblings and relatives. It can be love from one’s friends. Even from strangers. Usually the love that one experience in the family is more intense comparing to love from friends which are in term more intense comparing to love from strangers. However, this is not true in all cases. As what Mother Teresa said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” The love that she had shown is truly extraordinary.
At this point, you may agree with some points and disagree with others. Much as I would like to represent the thought of all people, I understand that different people has different view of love. Just as Albert Einstein said, “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think its two hours. That’s relativity.” One thing I do believe is that love does make us wiser. One of the love quotations which I like is by Benjamin Franklin, which he said, “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards.”
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