Love is such a complicated concept to take on. Did you know that the Greeks had eight different words for love? Even that seems like a meager offering for such a big complex emotion. So, in light of the season I am choosing to focus more on agape (unconditional love) and storge (familiar love) than eros (romantic love).
I heard this week that Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” hit number 1 on the billboard charts for the first time this year, 25 years after its release. I also recall my husband sharing with me that it had been voted the most annoying Christmas song of all time this year as well. Honestly, this one is top of my secular holiday favorites. It has been for eight years. That’s because 2011 was the year I had a baby due the week before Christmas. My affection for the song grew even stronger when I had an unexpected blessing due on Christmas Day in 2015. Even now all I really want for Christmas is my children. I just want them to be happy and healthy.
The fact that I still only want their health and happiness even though they are driving me up a wall and will not go to bed, is love. It’s a love that I don’t really understand even though I feel it so fiercely. It’s that love that I am using as inspiration for my meditations this week.
Please tell me in the comments what love means to you.