Do you remember your first love?
The feeling of warmth that surged through your body.
The belief that nothing more beautiful on earth existed.
Knowing you’d found your perfect match . . . “You complete me” finally made sense.
I met my first love at eight years old. It was a pair of Saddle Shoes. They were white with a black stripe in the middle and wooden heels.
The Saddle Shoes were about a size and a half too big (2nd hand store, you know) but, it was love at first sight. All I’d ever worn were tennis shoes or flip-flops. These were big kid shoes; ladies shoes and I HAD to have them! I begged my mom. She thought I was beyond silly but, she indulged a goofy girl and I took my first love home.
Blisters? Oh, yes, love hurts! I wore them everywhere; to school, to church, to friends’ houses, to bed. Well, maybe I exaggerate. . .
Fast forward forty years and I am still in a loving relationship with shoes, but they’re in their proper rank in the scheme of life. God, husband, children, family, friends, work, chocolate, etc, etc, etc.
I am learning there are many ways and many types of love. Each finding its place in my life.
So just how many kinds of love are there?
According to the Greeks, it’s four: (source)
- Eros is “physical” passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. Romantic, pure emotion without the balance of logic.
- Agape means love in a “spiritual” sense. It means “I love you” in Ancient Greek and it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of “true unconditional love” rather than the attraction suggested by “eros.”
- Storge means “affection.” It is like that felt by parents for offspring. In ancient works it is almost exclusively used as a descriptor of relationships within the family.
- Philia is “mental” love. It means affectionate regard or friendship. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity.
Love is a funny thing.
We love our spouse, our parents, our children. We love that shade of blue and our favorite song. We love our cars and our iGadgets – big or small. We love the sunshine, the mountains and we love the rolling sea…
It doesn’t necessarily matter what you love; it matters that you love. Love what you love as much as you can. Love in any way that brings you joy – or even better – brings joy to someone else. Just love.
Whatever your reason for celebrating love, and whether it’s on St. Valentine’s Day or everyday, know this:
We at Simply Blissed truly love you . . . our family of guests.
You’re the reason we are celebrating love this year. It’s our privilege to pamper you and share in the special events of your life.
- We love being a part of your healing process and we are honored that you trust us with your health and wellness.
- We love that you trust your skin to the products we carry (we do as well, by the way).
- We love just being there for you when, perhaps, you’re feeling a little down or have — we hope not — a broken heart and need someone to talk to.
- We love that you refer your family and friends to us when they ask for help – there is no greater compliment and we thank you.
- We love it when you walk in the door and we love it when you come back again.
I’ll leave you with this bit of T-shirt wisdom, “When you’re down, and have got the blues, shop for, shop for, shop for shoes!”
And just for fun: Some fun internet history of St. Valentine’s Day!
Author: Simply Blissed Blogger, Dianna Barham.