Being loving requires us to express it through appropriate actions.

In the movie “The Professor and the Madman”, the madman gives his pension to the widow of the man he randomly murdered on the streets of London. He shows remorse after confessing the murder, leaving her to care for her five children alone.

“If not love, then what?” was a powerful note left by the widow to the mad prisoner who, while in jail for the murder, actually helped to define the Oxford Dictionary.  A true story – see video link below to view the trailer.

 

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Ask yourself: how can I be more loving today?

In his book, The Five Languages of Love, Dr Gary Chapman describes five ways to express and experience love:

  • Receiving gifts
  • Spending quality time
  • Words of affirmation
  • Acts of service
  • Physical touch

Other loving actions may include writing a note of appreciation,  a loving hug (if appropriate), volunteering a loving period of your time to a charity or someone in distress,  a loving touch, doing the chores unasked, saying thank you or well done or good job.

Loving ourselves seems to be one of the most difficult acts, along with being kind to ourselves. All too often we tell ourselves: “I’m not good, I’m stupid, I can’t, I’m not enough.”  Loving others begins with loving self.

Act of kindness:  Tell someone you love them, or you love what they do today.

The rock band ‘Supertramp’ sing their feel-good song about giving love

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