Love is not what you say. Love is what you do.

There are so many unique forms of love… Spousal, parental, familial, pets, food, art, music, literature, film, friendship, patriotism, fandom and so much more.

We could never begin to approximate how many times we say we love something… from a favorite dish, to a favorite song, to a favorite movie or television show or similar. When you think about it, love is an incredibly elastic term. It would go without saying then, that there must be many different kinds of love and within each kind there must be differing degrees of love.

In the case of spousal love, we would need to take into consideration the intensity of that love as one of the metrics by which we could determine the veracity of it being expressed in a simple statement. Then far more important than the statement, would be the actions that accompany this statement in order that the true measure of that love might ultimately be determined. Such a determination could presumably run the gambit from doing the most simple of favors for a loved one, such as bringing them something from the other room… all the way to the opposite extreme, which would be the willingness to sacrifice one’s life in order to save the one that they love.

Saying that you love someone is relatively easy for most people (although for some people, it is excruciatingly difficult) but actually expressing that love for the other party on a consistent basis requires considerable effort and a pre-determination to continually make the other party aware of your true feelings.

There are moments where we may not like the person that we love very much, for a host of individual reasons, and yet in our heart, we know deep inside, that we still love them very much. In moments like these, our efforts to continually demonstrate our love for them in the face of circumstances that are giving us cause not to like them at that moment in time becomes ever more apparent.

If you truly love another human being, or an animal, you will find yourself continually doing acts of service or acts of kindness that stem directly out of your emotional feelings towards that being. Anything less than that, is just lip service. 

If you truly love someone or some thing, show it. Make it a part of your core being. Demonstrate it in the most gentle, and subtle of ways. Enable that person or pet to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your feelings are genuine and may be counted on as surely as the sun will rise in the morning.

Only then, do you really have the depth of love that the essence of the word connotes.

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!