It’s only from February, so maybe it’s too young to be a classic just yet, but it’s one of my favorites:
Did you know the Greeks have 4 different words for Love? That’s not fair! I
think I deserve to have a way to say I really love ice cream and I really
love my Nanny (grandma) without bringing my Nanny into a world of lactose
intolerance and a madman’s craving for chocolatey deliciousness.
Eros is the passionate love, with sensual desire and longing; where erotic
Philia is friendship, a dispassionate virtuous love.
Storge is natural affection, like that felt by parents for children, or
little ones for Nanny.
Agape – THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE – is an all-inclusive unconditional love.
This is the one widely used in religious teachings. To have agape is to see
all people doing the best they can with the light they’ve got. Agape is not
spoken about. It’s a space you rest in, a state of being that is pure
uninhibited love. Someone in this state is not looking for a return on the
investment. In fact they don’t see it as an investment at all. This is
Something to roll around your brain for a while, think about how you can get your head and your heart and all your other bits in tune to these ways of being. You know, now that all your favorite shows are in reruns and you’ve got some free time on your hands. Why not use it for a little loving enlightenment?
Read the full journal entry here.