Love, sweet love! Today is the day of roses and chocolates, traditional expressions of devotion on Valentine’s Day. Red roses in particular denote the hot flame of passion. Romance is wonderful! But, of course, it is just one of the many shades of your love.
The ancient Greek definitions 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 they 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 a greater whole, one humanity. Let’s choose to be love.
Many Shades of Your Love © Susan L Hart 2019-2020