Shades of love

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Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t resist. Roses and chocolates are traditional expressions of love on this special day. And, red roses in particular denote the hot flame of passionate romance. But, in fact, there are many shades of love to consider on Valentine’s Day.

Pink is one of the many shades of love

For example, pink roses are quietly tender, and attributes often associated with them are: grace, harmony, gratitude, and joy. They therefore represent what we hope for in a more universal humanitarian love, what the ancient Greeks called “Agape”. The other types of love named by the Greeks are: Eros, Philia, Ludus, Pragma, Philautia, and Storge. And getting back to romance just for a moment, the love between two partners takes on different shades as their love evolves through the years.

Don’t look for outside love to complete you

Valentine’s Day is lighthearted fun when you’re in love and feeling romantic. But unfortunately the day can also bring out a feelings of lack and unhappiness in people, when they do not have a lover or spouse showering presents and flowers upon them. Love is a powerful force in this universe, but if we are always looking for it from an outside source to complete us, we become prime candidates for bitter disappointment. First and foremost, we must love ourselves. And when we do, we begin to see the world through loving eyes and we become magnets for love, in all of its beautiful forms and colors.

Express the many shades of love

Please, tell someone you love them this Valentine’s, be it lover, friend or family. Express your gratitude for their place in your life. Let’s make it a day not just for romance, but also for building a love that blossoms outward and opens many hearts. Who we are as individuals is not inconsequential in the world. We are all part of One. Let’s choose to be love.

A heart will shrivel
in the cold black hole called hate.
The pink love rose blooms.

© Susan L Hart 2019

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