I’ve heard heart-warming stories about ‘love at first sight’ and I would not dare to suggest it isn’t possible, but I believe largely love is something that is nurtured, cared for and grown over a shared life-time.
Learning how to understand someone and communicate with them effectively is just one step towards creating a truly unique and lasting relationship. Being able to grow together through even the most painfully trying times (when you really just want to walk away) can result in a depth of understanding and passion that no-one else can touch.
I look at my parents, who celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this month, and I can begin to appreciate the true value and respect that is cultivated through a relationship that has grown over many years of hard decisions and difficult moments. Yet despite that, it is a relationship tempered with an immeasurable love and pure joy that inspires me to be a better parent and a better person. I am very lucky to have them as my role models, and I am grateful for it every day.
Love, like so many things in life, requires patience and daily care – but no reward is greater or more deeply cherished.