Valentine’s Day has come and gone.
Everyone was swooning, showing love, bending on one knee, putting rings with encrusted diamonds on layaway, consummating love and renewing vows. February 14 is a date that means many things to different people. But for most, it is the day we rush to stores and purchase Hallmark cards and dozens of roses. On this day, cupid works overtime, literally running out of arrows and losing feathers trying to fill hearts with love.
But what is love? Is love an ideology based on one’s rearing or is it a societal definition? More importantly, is there love after the chocolates?
According to Webster’s Dictionary, love is defined as “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire; affection and tenderness felt by lovers; affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests or an assurance of affection.”
I believe love is a spirit that pulls at our heartstrings. Therefore, we must remember why we fall in love with an individual, and not allow physical attributes or gifts to be the sole foundation of our love. We are spiritual beings connected from within, so temporal desires are only a small segment of our makeup. So after the aphrodisiacs have worn off, flowers have wilted and candles have burned out, we must know that love still remains in the absence of these things.
What does love mean to you? Is there love after the chocolates? Let’s continue the conversation in the comment section below.