“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time. Love for the sake of love itself.” – Paulo Coelho
You may have noticed by my reading list that I am a big Paulo Coelho fan. I also follow him on Facebook and love his daily quotes, patient reads and inspiration. Today, price he posted the quote included above.
When I consider this from a general love-everyone perspective, thumb it seems one of the greatest truths in life. If we love the people and world around us expecting to receive that love back, we may miss the greatest reward – giving freely of ourselves. I think when we open our hearts to other people, animals, nature, life, we also open our hearts to ourselves. Our souls grow. (reading: The Valkyries)
Now, receiving that love back (I like to call it Karma) is amazing. But expecting it will only leave us empty and discouraged. There is much more to be gained and appreciated when we love without reserve and without calculation.
However, I have been asking myself all day if the truth of this statement also applies to romantic relationships? Certainly, we can’t “keep tally” with our Loves. But what if one person continually gives and receives far less in return? Is that a healthy love? Or will loving unconditionally without end and not being given the same eventually cause emotional harm?
At the same time, I recall a quote that went something along the lines of, “just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you in the best way they can.”
Perhaps I am interpreting the meaning incorrectly. Do you understand it differently? What are your thoughts?
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