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I Like You Is As Special As I Love You
A whole lot of people loved this child, but not so many liked him.
Liking someone is not the same as loving them.
We are nearly required to love our families. And most of the time we do. But do we like them. Often we do not. This is especially true of extended "in-law" (and outlaw) type relations. Often it is true about family of origin where parties just plain grow apart. There is a special quality in being liked. "I like you" carries different just as special connotations as "I love you". Let us look at love and like. It is nice to be liked.
There was an older father and a four year old son. They were inseparable and the dad was a stay at home father. Needless to say they were very close indeed. Daily they would tell each other that the loved each other. Their bond was something really special. But one day at nap time the boy softly reached to the father and said, "I like you dad". This of course brought the father to joyful tears but also made him realize for the first time in his life the beautiful difference between love and like.
There was an old carpenter with a young apprentice. Of course it was truly manly man work that they did. The carpenter was grumpy and rough as they came. The young man was full of life and piss and vinegar. After a year of working together the young man told the carpenter that he really liked him. To hear the story, the old man told his wife that was the first time anyone had ever said that to him. In their will they left everything they had to the young man and his young family. At least that is how it was related to me at the bedside of the dying widow.
Just a good old song about sunshine that kind of fits here.
Old friends that we dearly love and like.
If we are fortunate to grow a little older we turn around one day and realize we have friends that we have had for a very long time. It seems that we end up loving them as BFFs. But the ones that really stick out are the ones we have gone through some troubles with and we liked having them close during those times. We can count on one hand those friends. We not only love them but like their company. That is special.
People are not the same as things. I love ice cream. And I like ice cream. I suppose some flavors and brands I just like. And I suppose I do not really love ice cream but those are the words we use when we really really like a thing. But it is different with people. I heard a mom say just the other day; "honey, love is when you really really like someone". That is just wrong. But most people accept that. Nope liking is different than loving. Love is not just a whole lot of like! And love does not mean like.
Now lucky marriages have that combo and should have that combo of love and like. There should be that love and tenderness but there should also be that best friend, like to be just hanging out together kind of relationship
I cannot find one scripture that tell us to like our neighbor or our enemy. Like is different. There is a concept in like that cannot be captured well in words. What makes us like someone? I imagine there are brain wave and temperature studies that show the brain lighting up in some area when we feeling the emotion of like and that it is different than love. There probably is some deep psychological meaning to people who love things and activities rather than like them. And the converse is probably true. There are people who just find it too darned hard to love. And we have all met people that cannot like anything yet love their families.
The author likes to write. The runner likes to run. Is it perhaps the epitome of obsessive issues when they elevate that like to love.
Some through there spiritual life are compelled to love everyone, even their enemies. That is a tough order but it is for many an order and not an option. It takes a lot of will power and practice and does not always work well for many people, perhaps most or even all. But nevertheless it is at the very least a goal that must be striven for. There is no such compulsion in any religion to like everyone. Don't you think that that is interesting.
Where do you fit in.
Do you like certain people and not love them?
Do I love sunsets like this one?
Perhaps we can learn to like someone.
Some find it very easy to meet someone new and get to like them. If we look for similarities rather than differences this is easy to do. And if we just love diversity then even in our differences we find that we can like someone right away. And we all know that prickly feeling when we meet someone we instantly do not like at all. Right or wrong that is true.
Often we meet someone and at the first impression we do not like them but then grow to like them as we get to know them. It is said that the famous quote is: I never met a man I did not like". That is wrong the quote should be; "I never met a man I could not find something to like about".Likewise the wonderful rule that: "treat others as you would be treated" is only half of the equation it needs to end; "if you were them". You normally do not buy your momma a baseball glove/mitt to show your love.
Have you ever liked your boss? Do you like your parents and do they like you. Too often the answers to these questions are in the negative and that is too sad indeed. It is said that a father cannot be friends with his son. It is said that the Father must be feared. Hogwash. Just because we have differing roles to play does not mean we cannot befriend and like one another. There is a fun story of Johnny Cash recording an album and he befriended the janitor and insisted that the janitor sit in on some sessions to listen. That man became friends with Johnny and Johnny with him. That man was Kris Kristofferson
Because we walk different paths does not mean that we cannot like one another and be friends.
I love all of the creatures
Whether you like it or not.
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