Is love really a many splendored thing?

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By Jason Bolton

Here’s a riddle for you: What comes to you freely and leaves you bound forever? It can place you on cloud nine or can kick you into the lowest emotional hell in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to step into and hard to step out of. Wonder what it is? No, I’m not talking about the gum on the bottom of your shoe, or an in-law that won’t cease. I’m referring to that incomparable feeling of love.

Yes, that right.

Love- it’s the feeling you get that comes to you in so many different ways. To the one who has just fallen in love, it’s utter bliss at its finest. It’s like an old familiar friend who visits only once in a lifetime and you try every way in the world to keep him or her from leaving.

However, to the broken-hearted, it’s only seen as something rather vile; cruel to the remembrance and cold to the touch. In fact, nothing is worse than when you fall out of it. You burn everything associated with them, CD’s, shirts, and teddy bears. It’s sheer torture.

Love is love whether you’re heartbroken or hopelessly in it to the point of no return, but what about true love? How do we achieve that?

It’s quite simple, really. Learn to love yourself. If you can’t do that, you’ll never achieve true love.

It took me years to love myself and to grasp the knowledge that I wasn’t what people wanted me to be or said I was. I was me and that was all that was required.

When you realize that, take the true love you have and spread it to others.

Call someone up who you’ve not talked to in a while or someone who never gets a phone call. Let them know you’re thinking about them. Also, greet everyone you pass on the street with kind words. Invite someone you care about over for dinner, your place of worship, or out to lunch. If you’re at odds with someone, be the bigger person and let it go.

If you do these simple acts of love, you’d be surprised to find that love is a many splendored thing after all.