I love a sunset - but do I really LOVE it?

From   |  September 23, 2013
In Life Scoop

My friend Elizabeth once told me, "Never love anything that can't love you back."

Of course, being a Southern woman where, "I love those beans...I love that new dress....I love the weather today...." is a descriptive phrase I use several times a day, I poo-pooed her wisdom. It's just a phrase, I rationalized. I don't really LOVE those things.

But recently I have been thinking about the power of the word Love. And I started listening to what I say and why I say it. I'll say I love the sunset, but what I really mean is I deeply appreciate the beauty of the sunset. If I say I love your new shoes, what I really am saying is, I noticed your new shoes and admire them enough to make a comment. And as far as food, I find flavors and textures satisfying, interesting and even curious, but I don't really "love" a steak.  I don't want to water down the word "Love" in all it's beauty and complexity by using it about things that don't deserve to have that kind of emotion attached to them. Basically, like my friend Elizabeth says -I don't want to love things that can't love me back....

Love is the most beautiful when shared. And it's most painful and ugly when it is rejected, betrayed or not returned. So I'm going to try to stop "loving" so many trivial things. So when I say I love..., I really mean LOVE.

Can you over use a word and it lose it's meaning? I think so. Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why.....

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