Being in a relationship is a natural and necessary part of life. Not only for human beings but most mammals too are hard-wired to form bonds.
But if, forming bonds is a natural part of being human, why then does love make otherwise smart people act like fools?. Love cause heartbreaks and heartaches. A lover can break your heart, family members can sometimes drive you crazy, and friends can let you down.
However, look at small children relate with strange children. Within a few minutes of meeting, they quickly run off and play as if they have known each other all their life. This is similar to pets like dogs, when they see another dog they want to engage.
These two examples suggest that we are all natural-born relationship seekers and givers. As adults, we seem to have lost the natural art of relationship building, My hope is that this February can be the time for you to relearn to love and to be loved.
Here are a few quotes to remind you about loving and being loved.
- “There are many lessons to learn. Naming just one is next to impossible. However, learning to love and be loved is a good starting point. It will encompass much.” ~ Faith Hill
- “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~ Nelson Mandela
- “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama
- “True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection.” ~ Mary Baker Eddy
- “Learning to love is hard and we pay dearly for it. It takes hard work and a long apprenticeship, for it is not just for a moment that we must learn to love, but forever.” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
- “They say learning to love yourself, Is the first step, That you take when you want to be real…” ~ Tiesto
- “Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
- “We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.” ~ Sam Keen
- “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” ~ Marianne Williamson
- “We can only learn to love by loving.” ~ Iris Murdoch
- “Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual life – not learning how to develop psychic powers, not learning how to bow, chant, do yoga, or even meditate, but learning to love. Love is the truth. Love is the light.” ~ Surya Das
- “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
- “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn Is just to love and be loved in return.” ~ Eden Ahbez
- “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- “Christianity is about learning to love as Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.” ~ Rich Mullins
- “The main source of good discipline is growing up in a loving family, being loved and learning to love in return.” ~ Benjamin Spock
- “Before I discovered the concept of the 5 love languages, a bit of advice I was given was to become a student of my wife and to take time to learn what makes her feel loved. I soon learned that what makes her feel loved may not always be the thing I want to do because it may not come naturally to me. But learning to love her in the way that makes her feel loved is a greater demonstration of my love for her because I’ve chosen to do it with a goal of pleasing her.” ~ Gary Chapman
- “Relationships are valuable for healing and learning how to love.”― Donna Goddard
- “If we open our hearts to give love we are immediately transported into the joy and blessings of love.”― Genevieve Gerard
- “A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
- “After learning to love God (worship), learning to love others is the second purpose of your life.” ~ Rick Warren