Choice to Love

On the ride home I was thinking about my Great-Grandma Lorene. I think about her often.

Lorene was born in 1901 and she died in 2000. I wish she could have lived forever. She was a quiet, Scotch-Irish woman, 4’10” with a tuft of snow white hair. She could touch her toes and swim three miles a week at age 80, and best of all she loved me unconditionally. If not for her I wouldn’t have understood unconditional love. I miss her somethin’ fierce. Her kind of love is the kind that lasts you all your life and makes everything else “enough.” I could only wish to be able to love like her.

I hope each person gets to experience that kind of profound love at least once in his or her lifetime. Unconditional love doesn’t have to emanate from anyone in particular; what I mean is that unconditional love is not reserved for any specific relationship. Unconditional love can emanate from anyone — friend, lover, mother, father, sibling, child, grandparent, mentor…I’m sure there are more titles and labels out there. Reciprocated Unconditional Love is the greatest gift. My great love happened to be with my Great-Grandma Lorene.

I hope you have had a great love in your lifetime.

Published by analyticalperspective

Heather Blackwell is a CBT-certified mental health coach and Psychology subject matter expert (SME), dedicated to bringing Psychology insights to the self-help community. She studied two masters degrees in the areas of Forensic Psychology and MFT, and has 15+ years’ experience in behavioral analysis under her skill belt. Her discussion topics include, but are not inclusive to, dating experiences, interpersonal relationships, maladaptive behavioral development, self-identity development, self-help, holistic mind-body health, and nutrition as it applies to mental wellness.

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