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February 12, 2013
This is Joe from Greatest Inspirational Quotes. We're just two days away from Valentine's Day. Traditionally it's a holiday for romantic love, but we don't have to be traditionalists.
Valentine's is an opportunity to celebrate love in all of its many ways. I read an article recently that labeled 15 different types of love, I think there may be even more. Here are a few that stood out to me:
Romantic Love - An abiding love for a partner with whom you feel passion, attraction, caring and respect.
Compasionate Love - feelings of warmth towards a friend with whom you love to spend time.
Unconditional Love - A type of affection and caring that is so strong that you feel it consistently, regardless of what that other person does.
Puppy Love - A childish, innocent temporary crush on someone that you don’t know well.
Maternal Love - This term usually connotes love that is nurturing, accepting and protective. In actuality this love can also be given by a father etc.
Paternal Love - This term connotes love that involves guidance and some authority. Paternal love usually prepares a child to be ready for the outside world. Again, in reality this type of love is not gender specific.
Love of your country or patriotism - This is love for the place you live or the place that were born. It is a type of loyalty and a special feeling of belonging that you attribute to that specific geographic location.
Self-Love - This is a positive feeling that you have about who you are and what you deserve. It often is expressed by treating yourself well, respecting yourself, wanting yourself to be happy and expecting others to respect you too.
Brotherly Love - This term connotes having a feeling of love for your neighbor, because all humanity is considered to be part of a larger family of human beings.
The Story of Hachiko
Hachiko (an Akita) was brought to Tokyo in 1924 by his owner, a college professor named Hidesamuro Ueno. Each day, when Ueno left for work, Hachiko would stand by the door to watch him go. When the professor came home at 4 o’clock, Hachiko would go to the Shibuya Station to meet him.
Though this simple act alone shows a tremendous amount of loyalty, that’s not the end of it: The following year, Ueno died of a stroke while at the university. Hachiko didn’t realize that he was gone, and so the dog returned to the train station every single day to await his master. He became such a familiar presence there, in fact, that the station master set out food for the dog and gave him a bed in the station. Even so, Hachiko never shifted loyalties– every day at 4 o’clock, he hopefully waited by the tracks as the train pulled in, searching for his best friend’s face among the people getting off.
Hachiko died in 1935, after 10 long years of waiting for his master. But the dog would not be forgotten– a year before his death, Shibuya Station installed a bronze statue of the aging dog, to honor its mascot. Though the statue was melted down during World War II, a new version was created in 1948 by the son of the original artist. Go to the station now, and you’ll be able to see the bronze statue of Hachiko – still waiting, as ever, for his master to come home.
And if you miss love,
you miss life.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Celebrate all the love you experience.
Lots of Love,
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