Thoughts on Love

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.
— Saint Francis de Sales

And I would add to this quote, you learn to pray by praying. 

I'm a book-aholic. I love to read, especially books on spiritual growth. I could talk to you all day about what others say on the topic, but until I learned to "be still and know" I didn't really know what they were talking about.

The same is true of love. Many of us, myself included, grew up believing in the fairytales we read as children. I always thought Prince Charming would find me, sweep me off my feet, and we'd live happily ever after. End of story, right? 


This is what I have learned through my own experience. As long as you're looking for someone to love you, you're looking in the wrong direction. You are already loved.


All you need to do is to share the love you have.

I can already hear the arguments against this, to which I say, just try it. Try loving without expecting anything in return and see what happens. 

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
— St. Paul