Wednesday, August 06, 2008

L.O.V.E

Despite Prometheus' warnings, Epimetheus allowed Pandora to open the box releasing all evil except HOPE. Those who aren’t familiar with this story, it’s one of my favorite Greek mythology. In fact, it was this very story that my love for Greek mythology was born. One of the evil released was LOVE.

I personally think that love is indeed evil. Recent news is a man from Greece who chopped his girlfriend’s dog and threw its remains on the street and then beheaded his girlfriend because of love. How many other times have we heard that a person murder their loved ones? Depressing stuff!

Love problems affect almost everyone. A glance for the girl/guy that we’ll never have, the best friend who wants to be more than friends, the love unrequited, the constant wonder and sign reading whether he/she loves them back and let’s not forget the exciting but forbidden love and the purest, sacrificial love that hurts so bad.

In every person’s life, they would have experienced either one of the love”woes” mentioned above. Yes, I admit that on some rare occasion that God really loved 2 people so much that He brought them together. But the other majority of the world’s population isn’t that lucky.

I’m sure every girl would have dreamt that a guy would come along, sweep her off her feet and the very much in love couple will celebrate their union and have little princes and princesses and live happily ever after. But what happens when the novelty is gone? When the spark and romance is replaced by sacrifices, understanding, unconditional and most of the time frustrating demands of life that will overcome the love you first felt?

Ever heard of the Money & Happiness parable? There were Love, Wealth, Health, and Happiness. They go home by home and the home owners have to choose only one to welcome into their homes. Obviously, everyone welcomed Wealth but Wealth would always decline and they will move on to the next house. At the end of the street, an old lady answered the door, after explaining themselves the old lady decided to welcome Health, but her daughter-in-law advised her to invite Happiness instead and Happiness was welcomed in the house but behind him, he was followed by Love, Wealth and Health. When they asked Happiness why are they following him into the house when he said only one could enter, Happiness answered, “With Happiness, Love, Wealth and Health follows”

People often lose sight on what’s really important. They think that a relationship or a marriage is enough as long as there is Love. However, it’s far from that. For a relationship to work, you’ll need more than Love. You’ll need understanding, sacrifices, patience, and faith. I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes from Shakespeare about love.

“For aught that I could ever read, could ever hear by tale or history, the course of true love never did run smooth” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, to boist’rous and it pricks like a thorn.”-Romeo and Juliet

Simple love lessons from the man who wrote the most romantic plays and literature. Shakespeare may be known as The Bard but in his defense, education, poet, writers and literary geniuses are sexy!

To love sometimes, we just need to go back to the basics. The basic is just one simple word, the word is Trust. You have to be open to the possibilities and the reasoning behind every action. You need to be able to give and yet not expect a return, let everything go and fall unsure about who’ll catch you and lastly, make life changing decisions knowing that he/ she will be there to support you at the end of the day or just be there when things didn’t work out as you’ve planned.

People often want the most beautiful things. Unless you intend to put your girlfriend/ boyfriend in a display case, looks is the least important. They don’t have to be perfect either. You don’t need perfection. Nothing is perfect. I learnt that the hard way. But perfect should be the question whether is he/she compatible with you or not in terms of perfection.

Lastly, for the girls are the little things. Girls are suckers for the little things. Many guys don’t understand that it’s the little things that’ll make a big difference! The little things such as buying her lunch and dropping it at her place when she’s busy, notice her gestures when she speaks, Knows her friends by their nick names, support her causes, respect her beliefs or principles no matter how silly they may sound, remember her favorite songs, and lastly, just surprise her once in a while.

Maybe love isn’t that complicated!! We just lost sight on what’s really important.

~you know you love me~
Michelle May
xoxo

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