In discussing motivational love quotes, the one that appeals to a lot of us and has been around for many years:
"If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was".
Originally it was attributed as a quote by the famous author, Richard Bach, who wrote the wonderful book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970). Now, with further research it has been said that Bach did not originate this quote. For right now, until the true author comes forward, we will just say that Richard Bach could have written this.
If you haven't read the book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I highly recommend it. It is a book about a seagull who learns about life and flight but more so about the quest for self-perfection. Jonathan found his love and some of us are still looking for ours.
Another of the motivational love quotes we like comes from the famous actress Lucille Ball and reads,
"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
Dr. Seuss said in one of his motivational love quotes,
"You know you're in love when you don't want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
Getting back to the first quote, "If you love something, set it free..." the meaning leads to the fact that love cannot be forced upon any of us. We cannot hold prisoner someone in hopes that the person will eventually come to love us. Love has to be a choice and a free one at that. It has to be at liberty to come and to go. Sometimes we all need a distant break from the ones we love, however, this does not mean we care any the less.
The motivational love quotes that are now sought after are for those who seek healing and meaning to what love could be and want answers from outside sources. People want to hear from someone outside of their relationship to give validation or rebuttal to the situation.
I had such the experience to relay some kind of definition of love to one of my daughters. She was telling me of a boyfriend she had and was not certain he was worthy of furthering the relationship. She told me that her friends liked him and that the neighbor woman thought he might be a good "catch" for her since he was enrolled in college. She told me of teachers who told her he was "bright" and should be considered a potential long term commitment. Her friends at work said he was "cute" and she should hang on to him. All this said, I could tell she wasn't buying any of it and she asked for my opinion.
I would like to side step for the moment and relay the fact that when a child in her early 20's asks you, their parent, for your opinion, you need to thank your lucky stars above, because this does not happen as often as we would like.
Back to my daughter now. I thought for a moment about her question, "What do you think, Mom?" Of course, my first thought was to tell her to get rid of him and move on to focus on her studies in school. I knew, however, I had to be somewhat clever in my answer. I thought and came up with this question to her:
"Does he water the flower in your soul?"
My daughter looked at me with a distinguished expression, then turned away and pondered the response I gave her. She turned back to me after a few moments and said, "No, Mom, he does not."
When I think of what love is or some quote I want to remember about the emotion, I fall back to when my children were born. I remember as the doctor was placing my daughter on my chest after a long and painful childbirth, I said to myself, "I would die for her". This has to be the ultimate for what love is!
To those who do not have children, would you die for the one you love? How do we even equate this in our human condition? It seems only something the Almighty would say or do? This is a lesson for us all about what love really is. Would you die for the ones you love? I don't even have to think about this when it comes to my children. I would die a thousand times for them.
So, when it comes to motivational love quotes and personal relationships besides our children, I think I will stick to the one I told my daughter. If the person doesn't water the flower in your soul, if he or she does not give you more life than you had before them, if they don't give you the spiritual nourishment that every soulful human needs, then maybe you need to take a break and ponder.
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