Love is strength.
Love is unfaltering.
Love is sometimes doing the hard thing.
Since I write a lot of romance in my novels, it might be easy to be swept into the mindset that everything is happily-ever-after, and it is easy, and it is effortless.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
I was thinking about it this morning, after having to have a difficult talk with a family member.
Love is sometimes doing the hard thing. Sometimes, it’s saying something difficult.
Sometimes, it’s doing something difficult– like when I had to stand my ground with my son who was struggling with addiction. When he was in the active throes of addiction, I had to do the hard thing and not give him money– because I knew he’d use it to buy drugs. It was hard. SO hard. Because I was afraid he was hungry or cold– and he’d tell me he was, and my mother’s heart would break.
But I had to do the hard thing.
I had to be firm. I had to be unfaltering. I had to be strong when he couldn’t be.
Love is being there for someone, even when it’s a truth they don’t want to hear.
Love, in it’s truest form, is the greatest gift we can give someone. It is pure. It is strong. It isn’t all shininess and light. It is rugged and tough, because it has to be. Sometimes, it looks ugly, but in reality, it is the most beautiful thing in the world.
Love someone today. Love them with your whole heart. Life is too short not to.