Love is a Verb

by | Feb 15, 2019

With this past week’s celebration of Valentines Day, I wanted to focus on love, but not in the trite way that we hear and see marketed every day in songs, books, movies, and even quotes. One of my new favorite speakers, Mel Robbins, said in her blog this week that “love is a verb” and I just thought that sounded so much better. So, today I went in search of quotes and inspiration that speak to that love in action.

“Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone – but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.”  ~Bette Davis

I liked this quote because of its dichotomy. Love is strong enough to be the foundation and the cornerstone, but the rest of the structure needs to be built of different materials, such as trust, and over time. And then imagine if you stopped at just the laying of the foundation. A lasting structure would never be completed. Love is your home, be a good builder.

“The story of love is not important. What is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”  ~Helen Hayes

Being “capable of love” sounds like action to me. If we have the skills and the capacity, and if that is how we glimpse eternity, then that would be something I would want to do every day. An example that came to mind is when I am with my grandchildren and love abounds – I can see far into the future through their eyes.

“Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”  ~Ursula K. Le Guin

Have you ever made bread? It takes time and effort. And if not eaten will turn hard or begin to mold. Love is an action that also takes time and effort and if not refreshed and renewed will also become stale.

And let me leave you with this final quote to ponder…

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”  ~George Washington Carver

Find time to love yourself and may you find health and happiness along the way.

Until next time…