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Love Does Not Have an Expiration Date

Updated on April 2, 2012
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“Love is the beauty of the soul.” --Saint Augustine

“Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man’s only promise.” --Leo Buscaglia

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Eureka, We Found It!

In tough economic times, people are always looking for some type of bargain.

“How much is it? Is there a cheaper one? Can you go lower?”

We sift through the advertisements, looking for the “hot deals.” Cut coupons in hopes of saving money. Some even wait in line for several days on Black Friday in hopes of getting that big screen TV for “dirt cheap.” Others hope to save money by stockpiling huge amounts of food in their cupboard, fridge, and freezer.

What people may not realize is that all these things have an expiration date. That big screen TV will not last forever. The electronic components will eventually breakdown. The food that you have stockpiled has an expiration date. It is only good for so long.

I know that you are looking for bargains. I know that you have your share of bills to pay. Did you ever consider the alternatives? There are other things in this world that do not have an expiration date; and the best part, many of these things are free. Take for instance, love. It does not have an expiration date and it’s free. You do not have to cut coupons or wait in line for days for this.

How marvelous is that!

You do not have to pay a costly membership or join some special club. You don’t have to be the president of a company or hold your breath under water for 10 minutes. Love is there for you to share with the world. It is equally wonderful to receive love from another. I love the late Leo Buscaglia. He was referred to as Dr. Love. Leo loved traveling the world, sharing his love with the world. It did not matter if he did not speak their language. Leo spoke a language that was universal. This was the language of love. We all know it by heart.

In fact, it is from the heart that love emerges.

Koko giving love to her feline friend.
Koko giving love to her feline friend. | Source

Angels of Love

Our cat, Cairo, that has now passed on was a great example of unconditional love. Whenever my wife and I would come home, Cairo would make his way to the door to shower us with his love. Amazingly, it did not matter if he was sound asleep, he would still make his way to share his love with us. I write this with tears in my eyes. It was an honor to have this great spiritual teacher in our lives.

Another great example of unconditional love is the story of Koko, a female lowland gorilla born in 1971, and her special kitten. Koko treated her kitten, All Ball, as if he was her own. Tragically, All Ball was killed in a logging incident. This devastated Koko. She was heartbroken. Koko voiced her pain and heartache through sign language. Later, she cried.

These beautiful souls are a great reminder of the love that we all have. If so-called lower life forms can show love to another species, then why can’t we do this with other humans of the same species? We have a bigger brain, right? We should know better.

Trouble is that we let the ego run the show instead of our precious heart.

Chimp nursing puma cub.
Chimp nursing puma cub. | Source

The Many Faces of Love

There are other things that we can be and do that do not expire and are free. Our kindness to one another is worth more than all the gold in the world. It feels absolutely wonderful to be treated kindly. It also feels great to treat others with kindness. In addition, showing respect, being an active listener, being compassionate, caring, being sincere, being honest, as well as the many other high frequency states, is a demonstration of love. Really being present when another speaks is not only respectful, but it says that we value the other person.

Love comes in all shapes and forms.

Love can come to you from many different avenues. We tend to think of love as something we say to one another, but it is much, much more than that.

That special drawing that our child drew for us is love. The elderly gentleman that says “Good Morning!” when he walks by is demonstrating love. The beautiful trees and plants radiate love for us all. The female animal that nurses an animal of a different species is sharing love. The wonderful synchronicities that lead you to a greater understanding, is love. The meditation that connects you to the divine is love. The list goes on and on, my friend.

This should not come to you as a surprise, for you are love itself.

I want to thank my Soul Buddy, Julie, for giving me the idea for this post. Paying attention and being present allows the Universe to flow through. This is love. This is a present to the soul.

Peace, Light, and Love


Helpful Links

To learn more about the compassionate, loving being named Koko:

http://www.koko.org/index.php

To learn more about Leo Buscaglia's extraordinary contribution to humanity:

http://www.buscaglia.com/

Koko and All Ball

Leo Buscaglia - Love Yourself, and the Magic Inside You is Released

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    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Faith, thank you very much for the kind words. People have forgotten that they are love itself. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. Thank you very much for voting this hub up and more and sharing.

      Love and Light,

      Terry

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Love your hub on love! Yes, love is the answer ... it is so simple, but wonder why so many have such a hard time loving?

      Beautiful hub. Up and more and sharing

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you, Tammy. I really appreciate the kind words. I'm glad it touched your heart. It brings me great pleasure in sharing messages from the heart. It is great to hear that you love animals as well. I am moved to tears with the beauty and compassion that animals demonstrate to the world.

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      What a touching post.. very moving! Great message. At times we get so wrapped up in MAKING money that we loose sight of our loved ones. From a fellow animal lover.. Bravo!

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you, Barbergirl. I am glad that you enjoyed the hub. It is absolutely amazing the things we can do when we come from the heart. I agree that we often forget about the important things in life that, literally, do not cost us anything. Animals, nature, and our children are wonderful teachers. I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, "Listen to the children." These wonderful souls have a lot of wisdom to share with us, if we only listen.

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This was a very enduring and heartfelt hub. You couldn't have said this better. Truly people are overwhelmed by all the stuff that costs money, yet simply don't remember the stuff that is more important and free. Love is what we are, love is in everything we do... a good read for everybody.

    • Terry27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terry Fatland 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks TK. I greatly appreciate your kind words. I really enjoy using many different avenues to convey a message. I am drawn to so many different things. All that is required is an active imagination. It also helps to have wonderful souls to exchange ideas with. Thanks for keeping the dialog going.

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      TKs view 

      7 years ago from The Middle Path

      Well said Terry. I totally agree that love is what we are and every act we do is the opportunity to share that which is eternal.

      You have a great talent at constructing your hubs, using different media. Thanks to both you and Julie for presenting this wisdom.

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