Emotions: Love

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”

—Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I thought I’d show a little LOVE tonight because I’m afraid that some of my posts may have given love a bad rap. My love addiction didn’t really have anything to do with love. Not real love, anyway. Just the feelings that the thought of being in love produce.

My image “could” look a bit like what my insides would do when I felt that way, but in reality the emotion I’m depicting here is about seeing the world through rose colored glasses. That’s kind of what we do when we’re falling in love isn’t it? We put all of our focus on the good in the other person, and we tune out what might other wise turn us off.

I love Seneca’s quote above because, in my case, I discovered that what I had been searching for was something that was much deeper and more spiritual than what any kind of romantic love could ever be. I was looking for a spiritual fire indeed.

Finding God, or coming to believe, was the biggest AHA moment I ever had. It was the realization that what I’d been looking for actually existed, I had just been looking in the wrong place. It was also my introduction to love in its highest form—agape love—pure, unconditional, everlasting and sacrificial love that is given regardless of what is given in return.

Real love is about loving someone no matter what… in spite of their flaws. It’s about putting on those rose colored glasses and seeing the good.

Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.

David Wilkerson

Just a Note: The featured image is now a part of my iPhoneography collection. A pink peony that I shot a while ago, lovingly fused with an urban silhouette and various effects of lovedone completely on the iPhone.


  1. Hi Janet, thanks for your likes on my blog George McNeill Photography. There’s another blog on there called the eye of Seoirse. Seoirse (Shor-sa) is George in Gaelic (Irish).
    Keep up thel good work on your blog, I do enjoy it.
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year. 🎄

    George ☘️

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