Love By Any Other Name

May 17, 2010

in the generous life

The Greek language is kind of fascinating.  There are often a number of words for which our language has only one word, which generally means that the Greek is a bit more expressive.  An example of this is our word “love.”  The Greek language has philia (friend love), storge (affection), eros (sensual, passionate kind of love) and agápe (which is the deeper true love, often sacrificial).  I really wish we had words like that in English.  I think we would communicate better.

Well, my wish isn’t going to make it happen, but we can learn from it and make a point of communicating the different kind of loves to our husbands and in speaking about it we can take the time to differentiate.  Our guys need us to be wife, lover and friend.

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  Margaret Atwood

Be generous!  Lori <><

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Lesli Doares May 17, 2010 at 5:54 am

It is true that we can get all tangled up in what we mean by love. It’s important that we understand both how we feel loved and how our partners feel love. We then can adjust our behaviors to match. I recommend Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages” as a good place to start. Real giving involves paying attention to what our partner’s really are asking for, whether we feel that way ourselves. Understanding is not as important as doing.


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