“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it unconditional.”
– Stephen Kendrick –
According to the book: Real Love, unconditional love is, in essence, true love — so different from the kind of love most of us have known all our lives that it deserves a definition of its own. Unconditional love is caring about the happiness of another person without any thought for what we might get for ourselves.
When anything is termed as unconditional, it is NOT subject to any conditions. In good times, in bad. In flaws, faults and in perfection. This is what very many of us lack in us and sadly, the majority never get to experience unconditional love, prior to their departure from this life.
Love is powerful though misused. We often profess our love to family, our significant others, friends and so on, to some of us, we say “I love you” every single day.
I would love you to take a minute and search deep. Do you profess your love as a culture, something you say just for the sake of the “norm” or do you actually mean it? What is the one thing you fret the most, that an individual could do to hurt you? What if the person you claim to love, does this one thing, would you still love them?
Everyone and anyone can declare that they love you and the next minute turn against you, however, how many of us, are capable of loving unconditionally? The kind of love that is rare, pure, forgiving, kind, patient, caring?
When you say you love unconditionally, your love does not stop because someone did you wrong or something. You love will definitely try to work around faults and find a solution to resolve each and everything. I don’t mean in terms of an intimate relationship only because love is towards everyone around us.
The sad part about today’s generation is that we believe that we love but what many of us know and feel is infatuation. Infatuation is an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something. Hence, the rising rate of divorces, broken families, ending friendships and even sibling rivalry. Yes, even with blood relations we still don’t know how to love because the world and the environment today, does not nurture true love or even teach us how to love and love truly. With infatuation, we don’t even need our relations to do us wrong, some of us detach simply because we are bored or tired of the person we are relating with. Where is the love?
Though at times some of us even take those who love us unconditionally for granted. We misuse their love and in the long run, once we realize that it’s not something that we will find often or with others, we start regretting and that’s when we start appreciating something even though we already lost it. It’s about time that we understand what true love is something give. We should stop waiting for it to find us, rather show it to the world. Remember, change starts from within, and many perish prior to discovering the full power of love because they sat around waiting to see it from others. Be the change, love unconditionally.
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