Real love is not something that just happens. Real unconditional love is built upon faults, imperfection, and vulnerability. Love is not just a simple feeling that we get for another or for ourselves, instead it is something that must grow. Love for ourselves and others is not just an emotion but a choice. It is a choice to look at another person with acceptance and kindness even in times when their face doesn't want to shine. Love is a choice, to accept yourself exactly as you are at this moment in time, faults included. Love means being vulnerable and giving to another without wanting anything in return. True pure love is not about getting, but instead about giving and sharing a connection. Love is making the choice to give kindness, without judgement at all times.
So how do we begin to grow love? First, begin to love ourselves. We begin by sending love to our own heart and mind. By releasing judgement of yourself, your fears, and your mistakes, you can have self-love. The act of self-love is being kind and caring for your own heart and soul. Without self-love, love for another cannot be pure. We must care for our own hearts, before tending to another. Once you love and accept your true being, you can then do that for others. Make the choice to see others through the eyes of love and understanding, and nothing less. As people we were put here to love and uplift one another. Grow love by being kind to others, accepting their faults and imperfections, and show up when they need a hand. Show love for your partner by growing your appreciation for them. Grow love for your family, by sharing laughter and support. And don't forget that your pets need love too, remember to nurture and care for them. All beings need love, in order to grow and feel supported. Make the choice to always have an open heart and an open mind both with yourself, and other people. By doing so, love will continue to grow all around you.
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