3 June is Love Conquers All Day and it’s a time to think about and cherish the ones we love. No matter how tough life gets, it’s easier with our loved ones by our side. Love can conquer any hardships, difficulties, and challenges. As Lao Tzu (Ancient Chinese Philosopher) said, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
You shouldn’t wait for a special day, such as this day or Valentine’s Day, to express your love and appreciation of those in your life. But if you feel you may have not let your love show recently, then now is a good time. Perhaps go on a date or have a night out. Make time to have quality time with the ones you love. As Ann Landers (American advice columnist) put it, “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses”.
And it doesn’t have to be all about romantic love. Ancient Greek philosophers identified six forms of love: familial love (Love of your family – parents, siblings, etc.), friendly love or platonic love (a strong bond or association among friends), romantic love (attraction), self-love (being concerned for you own happiness and contentment), guest love (hospitality to visitors and strangers) and divine love (love of all creation and creatures). All of these types of love are important and provide the foundation for a happy and healthy life.
Divine love is an interesting sort of love. It encompasses a universal, unconditional love that transcends and persists regardless of circumstance. In many ways it’s like the religious idea of God’s love for all creation. Many religions have this concept. For example, according to First Timothy (one of three letters in the New Testament of the Christian Bible often grouped together as the Pastoral Epistles) it comes “out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.”
So there are many ways to show your love. Perhaps hang out with friends, check on a family member, be kind to a stranger, donate to a charity or volunteer to do some work in the community you live in.