Love is a Four Letter Word


Why is LOVE a four letter word? 

Why are so many people afraid to say I love you? Or maybe we just neglect saying it, thinking that the people we love already know, or we’ll get them the next time we see them or speak with them. This is a question that has been bothering me over the past year of change. 

This morning I was reading a post by jmgoyder (  She is quickly becoming one of the people I look for in the morning when I’m going through the blogs I follow. She has a beautiful post today about saying I love you in a romantic relationship, one of the many lovely and heartfelt posts on her blog.

Think about it.

Have you missed the opportunity to say I love you recently? Maybe you told your children, or even your partner, but did you tell your best friend? Or did you just miss someone whose company you always enjoy? 

Now ask yourself this question; If you never had the opportunity to say it to this person again would you be sorry? 

Okay now go say it for crying out loud! Write an email, make a phone call, have coffee and give them a hug and a big I love you when they are leaving. Yeah, I know, you’ll get a few odd looks. Who cares? Odd looks are so much better than regrets!

Love you all : ) Thanks for the reminder, Julie. 

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This is the story of a new business, a new nonprofit, and a new "me". I'm not new to the whole reinvention process. I've done this a couple of times. But, this time, I feel like all of the past versions of "me" are coming together to create something really exciting. That doesn't mean I still don't have moments of doubt and out right fear! I am going forward and taking a chance and I'm excited about it, well, mostly. I have started a business and I've structured the business so that there is a donation to a charity, that I've created, built in to every transaction. The charity will raise funds to help single mothers and other women living below the poverty line start their own businesses by providing grants and micro-lending opportunities. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I would really enjoy being able to give or receive some words of encouragement or share with others trying to make changes in their own lives. All the best to you!

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  1. Aww, this brought tears to my eyes! My husband and I have no problem saying, “I love you” — we say it like a million times a day!

    It’s my family that never says it to me.

    The other day I had a phone conversation with my sister. As I was hanging up I said, “I love you.” She didn’t answer. Then I asked her, “Do you love me?” She said, “YES!” I said, “Well then say it!” She finally said she loved me, but I had to force it out of her!

    My mother never signs her emails “love” either.

    Such simple words. Why do people have trouble with them? It’s not like I’m asking them to say “antidisestablishmentarianism!”

    • You just keep saying it and you’ll be the one without regrets. I was one of those people that never said it, except to my kids, because I never heard it. Now i’m just saying I love you to everyone, whenever it strikes me. Who doesn’t like hearing that? I think a few people are even catching on : )

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