I checked out the book This I Believe: On Love from my library a couple of weeks ago. The book is a collection of essays written by everyday people. The book is apart of the I Believe organization that fosters the sharing of our foundational beliefs through writing. In the spirit of the book I wanted to share what I believe, on love.
Love takes strength, everyday.
Love is reflected in the daily grind of life, it is expressed in soothing a crying child at 1:30 in the morning, and the thirty minutes sitting next to their bed as they fall asleep (and not losing your cool when your knees pop awaking her so you have to sit for another ten minutes).
Love is reflected in making blueberry muffins every Sunday morning. Sitting with the family at the table. Picking up shoes and coats in the entryway, everyday.
Love is seen in kissing your wife even though it is a bad day and things are not going right. To show her that your marriage is more important than a bad day. Love drives us to be better next time, and the next time, and to be even better the next time after that.
Love calls us to live with an open heart. To be strong enough to know your heart will break, because life will break your heart with joy and sorrow. But love will put your heart back together.
Love calls us to be honest, to have the strength to do what is right in this world. To stand alone sometimes and hold a candle size light in the dark until others find their way to you.
Love takes strength. Love takes courage. Love takes everything you have. And I believe that is the way it should be.