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Ramsey - 05 Dec 2009

It’s funny how those three words can mean so much. They reveal feelings and set up expectations. They are used lightly by some and sparingly by others. But what is it that guides us on our decision to say it. Attraction? Sex? Intimacy? Connection? I’ve had quite a few friends say “I won’t give you a compliment if you are expecting it” or “I only want to say ‘I love you’ when the mood strikes me.” The question is, why? Why are we so stingy with our positive feedback? Why wouldn’t we want someone to feel good, especially if you do indeed love them. But that’s my logic coming out. If you love someone, why wouldn’t you make sure they realized it every second of every day? I know it isn’t that easy but it’s how I was raised. My mother used to say “What if something happened tomorrow, wouldn’t you want people to know you cared?” and that’s the only way I think of it.
Life’s too short to be precious about sharing our love with others. Whether it is family, friends or friends with potential, don’t let a fear of commitment or a fear of making the wrong choice stand in your way. Find someone you love and someone who will love you back. Make time for each other and tell each other- in whatever way the other needs to hear it. For you, holding your hand or a small thoughtful gift or even saying “I am lucky to be with you” may translate into “I love you”. Learn what that is for your family, partner and friends and give them that. That is generosity. Not questioning why their needs may be different, but accpeting and loving them anyway.

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