I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.
Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful.
–From ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck
Both these quotes say one of the biggest truths.We all have always dreamt of being in love. Love looks like a seredipitous phenomenon- you have somebody to understand you, listen to you and care for you. Seldom do we realize that love is that one thing that requires the maximum investment. The care and understanding that we all expect must be given as well. Love is action- oriented. It involves the growth of two people. It becomes even more important in present times. Relationships are failing at an alarmingly high rate.
People today are moving towards conscious love. People want to be in relationships where both the partners are committed to growth- individual growth, collective growth and the growth that makes the world better. This growth requires efforts. Love might just happen, but it won’t be able to sustain itself. To most of us, love looks like a destination, whereas it is a practice that must be practised day in and day out.