“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I don’t know who came up with that saying, but it is easily among the dumbest I have ever heard. I understand that it is an attempt to teach people to not let the hurtful words of others have a negative impact, but I believe lying to yourself about how they make you feel is potentially far more dangerous. And if ever there was a word that could cause just as much harm as it is able to bring about good, it is the word “Love.”
I firmly believe love is essential to anyone’s survival. We are a social species and the reason we are where we are today is due to a history of collaboration and the power of love to triumph over anything that has ever challenged our survival. It is, in my opinion, the most powerful word in human history. Nations have risen and fallen because of it, wars have been fought over it, and people throughout history have lived and died in the name of it. When you think about the word, it is truly remarkable.
It takes on a slightly different meaning to everyone. It is important that you define what it means to you and the value you place on it. It is so much more than just a word. It is a philosophy. It is an ideology. It is a concept that people live their life by. The word gets thrown around these days so loosely that it starts to lose its value. When you love something, you are saying that thing means enough to you that, without it, you feel like a lesser being. Laugh or joke all you want. Words have power and “Love,” in my opinion, is the most powerful of them all. Treat it with care. Apply it to the things that matter most.