February 03, 2013

Showing the Love

February is the month love is celebrated in a frenzied flurry of pink and red mylar glitz. I confess that when I walk down these aisles and see guys perusing boxes of chocolates to buy, I role play grilling them on what they know about this elusive topic. Don't worry. I practice restraint and have yet to act on this crazy impulse!

Married (happily) for 31 years, I feel I have some perspective on the subject. All I can say is it's a heck of a lot more than the promises of the Victoria's Secret commercials. It's really the gritty, sticky stuff of kindness, patience, compassion, mercy and forgiveness that makes love real.

Recently my hubby and I led a marriage enrichment seminar at our church, based on Gary Chapman's popular book, The 5 Love LanguagesChapman categorizes the basic ways in which we 'speak love' : quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. We enjoyed discussing the value of identifying, understanding, and speaking the primary 'love language' of your spouse. 

I HIGHLY recommend the book, The Five Love Languages!  There is no question why it's a consistent New York Times bestseller - with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages! Amazing! 

I may not have a best seller book(yet) but I say, real love 'lifts up' the other person. This little drawing is my take on the subject. Prints are available here: You Can Do It, is available in paper, canvas, framed or unframed!

You Can Do It by Eleatta

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So good, Eleatta! Loved to hear from you this weekend. I know now why Brian always says you're the better half!

Well said; love really is about lifting your loved one up and this piece shows that well!

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