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What Is Love?

Amy Profile Picture Standard.jpgLove is appreciating and being thankful everyday for the person you have, and treating them with care and thoughtfulness. Love is not waiting until you lose that person to know this.

Love is remembering the power of those three words, I love you, I love you, I love you.

Love is making decisions for “we”. It’s having the forethought and consideration to know that anything that is going on with you, any problem, any success – is also happening to your partner.

Love is nourishing your body and making your health a priority. Because when you’re sick, it’s the people around you that suffer the most. Because you want to be able to maximize your time on earth being a partner, a parent and a friend.

Love is being the best person you can be, every day. It is waking up and making the choice to act with integrity, honesty, loyalty, and commitment.

It is choosing to act with love over fear, even when you are in pain. It is acting with dignity and grace regardless of how angry or upset you may be.

Love is forgiving.

Love is wanting the best for your partner, even if that sometimes means to let them go…

Love is commitment. Love is a verb, not a noun.

Love is not fleeting; it does not come and go with the feelings and emotions of the day.

Love is not dictated by lust, rather, lust is just one of its many forms. And while love may not look like how it was portrayed in fairytales, it is magical.

Because for love you will make sacrifices, you will be selfless and you will say sorry even when you know you are right. And when you hit a roadblock where the odds seem stacked against the survival of your relationship, you will fight for it with everything you’ve got. Because love is worth it. Because the person you have chosen to commit to is worth it.

Sometimes you will do things for love without rhyme or reason. And sometimes love is the only reason you need.

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Amy Chan is the founder of www.JustMyType.ca and a relationship columnist for the 24 Hours Newspaper, The Huffington Post and Vancouver Sun. Connect with Amy via her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • dan

    “when you hit a roadblock where the odds seem stacked against the survival of your relationship, you will fight for it with everything you’ve got. Because love is worth it. Because the person you have chosen to commit to is worth it.Sometimes you will do things for love without rhyme or reason. And sometimes love is the only reason you need.”

    I almost cried when I read this. So true.

    • Maylynn

      Same here!!! That paragraph was POWERFUL!!!

  • LOVE IS EVERYTHING TO ME

    Your LOVING words have given me faith in what has unfolded in my life ATM & I still hold out in hope for the woman I love is so magical to me I melt everytime like now that I think about her. I just don’t know any more as my heart is in it 110% yet the mixed reactions have told me otherwise. I miss her. Maybe it’s time to close a chapter in my life that was the best so far great & bad…which there was very little of in my mind, I could be wrong? ;D

    Since embarking on giving my love to all on my 30 day lesson which have already slipped lol, (I’m trying my best) I had a day today where I did do this & people who are clients mentioned how good it was to feel the empathy & warmth like that from someone they didn’t know. I LOVE this journey & I have to thanjk the woman who guided me to this site & my never ending journey of limitless love. I would have never thought how much I have changed. MORE men I believe need, should get in touch with their inner self as it’s a life changer. IT has been for me.

    ;D

  • Amy C

    @bc9d58410f29ee94b0d5c4e7285b7633:disqus Thank you so much.

  • Marlene

    As I grow up and morph from a teenager to an adult, the concept of “love” has become extremely confusing with so many shallow ideals from the media clouding my perception. Thank you for this beautiful gift, this simple reminder of what love really is, of what we’re all after but of what we all seem to forget once life happens. Thank you.

  • Patti

    beautiful… thank you!

  • Teresa

    If we all lived by these words you have written , we would have world peace:-) We would not have divorce. We would be happy human beings:-)

  • VICTORIA

    I’ve been trying to find something meaningful and beautiful to write or draw on the 3 curtain-sized canvases I’m creating to hang on my wall. The moment I began to read this I KNEW I’D FOUND IT. Your words are exactly what I’d say if I knew what to say! So glad I found your site via Super Soul/Daily Love. I will sign your name to the quote, but my first and last sentence will read “Love is appreciating and being thankful everyday for the PEOPLE you have….Because the PEOPLE you have chosen to committ to ARE worth it”. Your thoughts encompass everyone in my life. Thanks in advance for that moment of peace you will bring me each morning. Love you!