What Does Love Mean?

"You is kind... You is smart... You is important." - The Help

“You is kind… You is smart… You is important.” – The Help

A friend shared a really good article today with the caption “Booom!” Soon as I read it, I felt a shot of sunshine punching through my gloom (hahs it rhymes!). And you know what? So many people are getting hit by it and liking it! Thought it was worth sharing on this blog too:

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds: “What does love mean?”

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think…

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“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”

Rebecca – age 8

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“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”

Billy – age 4

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“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”

Terri – age 4

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“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”

Danny – age 7

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“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.”

Emily – age 8

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“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”

Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

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“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”

Nikka – age 6

(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

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“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”

Noelle – age 7

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“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”

Tommy – age 6

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“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”

Cindy – age 8

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“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”

Elaine – age 5

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“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”

Chris – age 7

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“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”

Mary Ann – age 4

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“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” (Now THIS is love!)

Lauren – age 4

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“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image!)

Karen – age 7

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“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.”

Mark – age 6

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“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”

Jessica – age 8

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And the final one…

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

“Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

Article Source: http://www.redsofts.com “What Does Love Mean?” by Ladan Lashkari

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine

The other night, before heading off to bed, a Question crossed my mind. “What does it mean to let your light shine?”

In the past, I would’ve equated this with my gifts, talents, capabilities and abilities. It would’ve been about me and how I could perform.

It would’ve been about having the courage to shine and be a star.

But all of that gets a little tiring after awhile. There’s a lot of striving attached to it, and that kind of light, wanes after some time.

So what does it mean to let my light shine?

I am discovering today that it can be something as simple and effortless as having Gratitude–cheering someone else on and letting them know how much you appreciate them for the Joy that they bring.

In return, you get to see the light of happiness reflected on their face and smile and laughter.

It is also as simple as being a part of someone else’s Dream–and volunteering to be a part of the Team.

A little back story…

Last night, I couldn’t sleep, as usual. I was too excited about Life. And maybe the iced coffee at Miss Ellie Tea House had something to do with it. Anyways. At 12-3 in the morning, I was craving for Spaghetti Bolognese.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Y made Spaghetti Bolognese for lunch today! I told her an angel must have whispered in her ear to cook me what I wanted! She laughed and said she had no idea what to cook today, and that the idea just came to her out of the blue.

I whooped and wowed and made a really big deal out of this ‘wonderful coincidence’ and it really made her day!

Next, I’ve been trying to get Annie to come out to catch up. She mentioned she’ll be busy, and that her hubby and herself would be visiting an orphanage, in preparation for a charity drive, for the orphans.

Immediately I wondered how I could be a part of it. Tomorrow, they’ll be picking me up to join them on a visit! This is a big deal to me cos’ I’ve been wanting to visit an orphanage for a long time.

Now it’s really happening and I don’t have to go it on my own or organise anything–just hop on-board! 🙂

Letting IT shine, is really as simple as this…

Their light sparking off my light and my light adding fuel to their light.

Together, we get a bonfire! Let US shine!

ps: What does this have to do with Love? Everything. Gratitude and Support is an expression of Love. When you take a little time to express gratefulness and spare a little time to be a part of someone else’s Dream–don’t be surprised–your own dream will come true. 😉

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

The Love Culture on FB: https://www.facebook.com/theloveculture