Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Since that lovey holiday is coming around the corner, I think it's perfect timing to talk about love. Of course, as someone who's single, love isn't something I think too much about in the romantic way. Okay, I do think about it. A lot. But only because I hope to experience that someday.
But related to love are those Love Languages--you've heard of them, right? Previously, I never really paid much attention to the whole love languages thing. It wasn't really on my radar because I thought it was only for couples. You know, those romantic couples.
Little did I know that love languages are something that everyone should know and that learning about my love language and the love languages of my friends and family would not only change how I think, but how I love myself and those around me, too. Phew, that was a loonnng sentence.
Anyway, I took the quiz not too long ago and discovered that quality time is my love language. I never really thought of myself as someone who loves and values time, but then I realized just how much I crave spending time with the people I love most. I honestly don't care what I end up doing with my friends and family as long as I get the chance to just be with them and enjoy their company (in the least creepy way possible, of course). I also find myself missing and feeling left out when I don't get to spend time with my loved ones.
But let me back up for a second. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Five Love Languages--the five categories for showing/receiving love are acts of service, receiving gifts, words of affirmation, physical touch, and quality time. These five categories are all ways people feel loved. When you take the quiz, you answer questions based on these five categories. The results don't just place you in one love language, either. The other two areas I scored highly in were the affirming words and acts of service categories.
Now that's not to say I don't love getting gifts or hugs. Because I do, I just don't need them to feel loved and appreciated. In fact, I'm one of those girls who loves her personal space and I love opening presents, too.
But back to the love languages. Taking the quiz and sharing my results with my mom and sisters made me realize that love really does come in all shapes and sizes and that as a sister, daughter, and friend, I need to acknowledge the similarities and differences I have with my loved ones and push myself to love them in the way that they feel loved most.
Because loving is something that God created me to do. He's also the best example of hard-core, pure love out there.