Good morning Spark Family. How are each and every one of you on this beautiful fall Friday? Are we all happy, happy, happy that Friday found its way to us once again this week? I know I sure am! It hasn't been a particularly hard week at work, but the hubby and me have had the creepin' crud for over a week now and we are both just exhausted from all the coughing and whatnot. So bring on the weekend where I can lounge around in my jammies or stay in bed all day if that's what I need to do to feel better. Ah, I long for good health or at least mediocre health minus this monster of a cold that's moved in and taken me hostage!
So I got this burning question I'm just dying to ask. Ok, ok, not dying, dying - but . . . figuratively speaking. I know you know!
So here it is. My burning question. . .
What is love? In terms of your five senses, how would you describe love? I realize that love may be different depending on the relationship. I know that parents love their children differently than spouses love one another. But at the root of it all, don't you believe there's some common denominator or something that makes love, love regardless of who's involved?
Personally, I don't really know how to describe love. It's a feeling that I recognize when it's present in my life. But I can't seem to find the words to describe it well enough that another person might understand the feeling. Can you? Have you ever tried before? Think about it for a moment. If you had to describe love so that even the hardest of hearts could understand, what would you say?
I am fortunate in that I have felt the love of a mother and father. Selfless love that provided for me even in adulthood. I have felt the love of a brother. A sibling's love that understands what makes me tick probably better than anyone else in the world. I have felt the love of a husband. A man who would move heaven and earth if he believed that's what I needed. I have felt the love of other family and friends. A more distant love perhaps, but love all the same. Yes, I am fortunate that I have felt and experienced love first hand.
And yet. . .
I can't describe it.
This morning I did what I normally do. I climbed out of bed and ran. . . or at least moved very quickly. . . to the bathroom. I then made myself a beverage and sat down at my computer to log on to SparkPeople. It's routine at this point. I don't always have enough time to reach out to all my spark friends and blog and read articles and spin wheels and whatnot, but I try and get at least a little "spark" in my life each and every morning. So this morning was very much like the last 113 mornings.
Except. . .
This morning was different.
This morning, I FELT love. Please don't get me wrong here. I have felt love - alot of love in fact - here on SP for many, many days. But this morning? This morning was different somehow. I received some e-mails and spark goodies and other messages that were about as heart-felt and real as anything I have ever experienced. So when I say that I FELT love - I mean literally. As if a spark friend were standing in my living room giving me a great big hug and pouring their heart out to me. The love I felt this morning didn't feel "cyberish". What do I mean by that? I guess what I mean is. . . when we love one another via the internet, we put our best foot forward. We can easily hide the not so perfect parts of ourselves and be genuinely. . . not genuine. Does that make sense? Maybe not. What I am trying to say, I suppose, is this morning, I felt love in a genuine, human, less than perfect, a little raw around the edges, authentic way. And it was magical! My heart did things it hasn't done in . . . well. . . . quite some time. It skipped a beat.
So thank you. You know who you are. You know what you did. I love you back and I will cherish you always.
And if you can tell me how to describe love?
Happy Friday all. I wish each of you a day full of genuine happiness, wellness and above all. . . love.