Unconditional Love

Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations, it can also be love without conditions. Unconditional love is frequently used to describe love between family members, comrades in arms and between others in highly committed relationships. An example of this is a parent's love for their child; no matter a test score, a life changing decision, an argument, or a strong belief, the amount of love that remains between this bond is seen as unchanging and unconditional. Unconditional love is garnered and shared by those who love themselves first. This concept is especially important when dealing with or care taking in chronic illness. With February fast approaching - the month of love - I challenge you to look at the concepts of self-awareness, self-love and unconditional love of others. 


Unconditional love should not be mistaken with unconditional dedication: unconditional dedication or "duty" refers to an act of the will irrespective of feelings (e.g. a person may consider they have a duty to stay with someone or an obligation to care take); unconditional love is an act of the feelings irrespective of will. Unconditional love is the action, the choice to strive for the well-being of another. The feeling you derive from acting with love is your reward, the return you “get” from your own action. Unconditional love means doing what you can to make the other person happy and comfortable, but also helping them grow through their inevitable experiences of discomfort. Don’t lie to “protect” the feelings of someone you love; support them in dealing with their feelings in the face of pain. Help those you love to embrace the discomforts of life and be thankful for the many blessings and positive things in life.