MAUREEN BURNS: Love makes the world go ’round

By Maureen Burns • Last Updated 10:21 pm on Friday, April 06, 2012

Maureen Burns

“Love, Love, Love” sang the Beatles. “Love is all we need.”

At Easter, Christians celebrate love. God loved man so much that he gave his son for us. In turn, people love God back — a right back at ya kinda thing.

Love comes in a variety of tones.

Brotherly love, familial love, parental love — these are all a special kind of love — deep, forgiving, unconditional. That is, of course, the norm or the way people hope it will be. There is a Polish proverb that states, “The greatest love is a mother’s, then a dog’s, then a sweetheart’s.” In many instances, that may be true.

First love is tender. Some first loves last a lifetime. Most flicker out and move on to other loves. H.L. Mencken said, “A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.”

New love is exciting, full of awe and wonder. New can last, but it changes as time passes. It can even be more beautiful as it ages and ripens. Or, put another way, Dr. Karl Bowman said, “Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage.”

Love birds are part of that new and first love thingy. You know — when two people forget that the world is around and only have eyes and time for each other.

Love at first sight is probably rare, maybe nonexistent. I remember the thoughts I had as I first laid eyes on my mate. I don’t know if it was love at first sight, but it sure did make a solid impression that never lessened. Perhaps love at first sight is actually major attraction at first sight. But then, major attraction at first sight can certainly happen without love ever entering the picture. This is all really complicated.

True love is a beautiful thing.  It is even more beautiful if both people feel the same way.
Love is blind. We have all seen that to be true. It can be hard to see the faults of others when we love them. I once read, “Love is blind, and marriage is a real eye-opener.”

“Love you” seems to be the modern way for many people to end telephone conversations. I hear it wherever I go and it is coming from men, women and children. I think it is a good thing for the world.

Self-love is a very important part of loving others. It is the bridge that allows us to love others. I also think it is not a given. Many of us have to work hard to attain it.

We love our friends, our pets, our work, our home, our things. Love truly makes our worlds go ’round.
This is just a sampling of how love comes in a variety of forms and names. Nelson Rockefeller said to Henry Kissinger, “Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.” And so it is. Happy Easter, readers. May your basket and heart be filled with love in a variety of forms.

Maureen Burns, a Greenville resident, is a professional speaker and author. Her e-mail address is

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