What Does Love Have To Do With It?

NOTE: This is a Guest Post used with permission from Gloria Thomas Anderson, LMSW at http://www.hearttones.com.


Love can be viewed as a relative term and its definition depends on who you ask and their perspective. You may agree that love is demonstrative—not just what you say, but what you do. Sometimes it’s seen as an expectation, based upon a predetermined mindset that may not be realistic.

For example, take a person who displays their love to another and expects that person to reciprocate in the same way (i.e., buying gifts, verbal affections, etc.) When that doesn’t happen, the giver may look at the other person as “not loving” them back, without realizing that love means very different things from one individual to the next.

We are all made up of our past experiences, values, and attitudes. How we see the world is directly related to what we have seen in our own world. Someone who has experienced abuse or trauma may have a totally different view on love than a person who has not. For a person who has been rejected or abandoned by someone they trusted, their perception of love might be skewed based on that experience.

What does love have to do with it? That depends on how you see love! Most people equate love with being cared about, appreciated and accepted. How that is expressed is as different as the individuals expressing it. One thing for sure, God’s love trumps all others!

Blessings To You,

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