When I say love, I do not only mean the kind where two people are locking lips and coming up for air every ten minutes or so. I am talking about the kind of love that embraces everyone who has a presence in our lives. The kind of love I am talking about extends throughout our circle of life, touching family, friends and co workers.

Defining what love is has been the work of poets and philosophers throughout time but, it’s our job too. It is something we all know when we feel it but words simply are not adequate enough to define it. Love is so many things, a feeling, an intention, and a thank you. It is compassionate, it is generous, it is funny, it is serious, it breaks our hearts and yet it heals all things. Love is expressed in a trillion ways, it is found in a smile, blowing a kiss, a wink, a song, a poem, a word, or even a batch of chocolate chip cookies. There is so much to say about love but the heart of the matter is, we all want to be loved and we all want to love.

There are so many ways to say, I love you. Be a mentor. Teach someone to read. Sit a while with someone who is lonely. Volunteer. Serve food at a shelter. Make art with kids. Compliment someone. Listen to what someone has to say. Visit a friend who is sick. Waive to the women sitting in the window at a nursing home. Tell someone we are thinking about them. Be a role model. Lend a hand at the local Red Cross society. Use our money generously. Walk for what we believe in—peace and life. For instance, go to Africa as we can best tend to and take care of orphaned children who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Comfort someone when they are sad. Walk our neighbor’s dog. Participate in a food drive and church activities. Bake or buy something from a bake sale. Donate the clothes we do not wear from our closet and we will have loved with all of our heart.