The Seasons Of Love ..

To keep the magic of love alive we must be flexible and adapt to the ongoing changing seasons of love. A relationship is like a garden. If it is to thrive it must be watered regularly. Special care must be given, taking into account the season as well as any unpredictable weather. New seeds must be sown and weeds must be pulled. Similarly, to keep the magic of love alive, we must understand its seasons and nurture love's special needs.

The Springtime Of Love-

Falling in love is like springtime. We feel as though we will be happy forever. We cannot imagine not loving our partner. It is a time of innocence. Love seems eternal. It is magical time when everything seems perfect and works effortlessly. Our partner seems to be the perfect fit. We effortlessly dance together in harmony and rejoice in our good fortune.

The Summer Of Love-

Throughout the summer of our love we realize our partner is not as perfect as we thought, and we have to work on our relationship. Not only is our partner from another planet, but he or she is also a human who makes mistakes and is flawed in certain ways.

Frustration and disappointment arise; weeds need to be uprooted and plants need extra watering under the hot sun. It is no longer easy to give love and get the love we need. We discover that we are not always happy, and we do not always feel loving. It is not our picture of love.

Many couples at this point disillusioned. They do not want to work on a relationship. They unrealistically expect it to be spring all the time. They blame their partners and give up. They do not realize that love is not always easy; sometimes it requires hard work under a hot sun. In the summer season of love, we need to nurture our partner's needs as well as ask for and get the love we need. It doesn't happen automatically.

The Autumn Of Love-

As a result of tending the garden during summer, we get to harvest the results of hard work. Fall has come. It is a golden time- rich and fulfilling. We experience a more mature love that accepts and understands our partner's imperfections as well as our own. It is a time of thanksgiving and sharing. Having worked hard during summer we can relax and enjoy the love we have created.

The Winter Of Love-

Then the weather changes again, and winter comes. During the cold, barren months of winter, all of nature pulls back within itself. It is a time of rest, reflection, and renewal. This is a time in relationships when we experience our own unresolved pain or our shadow self. It is when our lid comes off and our painful feelings emerge. It is a time of solitary growth when we need to look more to ourselves than to our partners for love and fulfillment. It is a time of healing. This is the time when men hibernate in their caves and women sink to the bottom of their wells.

After loving and healing ourselves through the dark winter of love, then spring inevitable returns. Once again we are blessed with the feelings of hope, love and an abundance of possibilities. Based on the inner healing and soul searching of our wintery journey, we are then able to open our hearts and feel the springtime of love again :) 

16 love for me ..:

Ria said...

Very well written. :) everything has phases.

Scribbling Girl said...

Wow someone has turned into love guru :) perfectly explained...u said it all :) all the phases :)

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

Love guru, yep, true, true =)

I just wish that the love rejuvenates for the same partner when the new cycle starts... just kidding.

Nice read!

Cheers,
Blasphemous Aesthete

Furree Katt said...

nicely put together! though i am too young to care about love and all the problems it brings along, posts like these are nice to read. :D especially when you write it so well!

Estell said...

Every time I read your blog I always get a feeling of hope in my relationship :] Even though I've been stuck in summer for a year and a half I still have glimpses of other seasons :] You rock.

Harini said...

This is exactly how it is and its very well written actually brilliantly written :).

ReeBz said...

very beautifully written and expresive.you have impressed me again by your brilliant writing skills :)

Ubaid said...

lol tum apnay banday ko kitna khush rekhti ho gi :P

Zee said...

very well written..and so very true..:)

p.s...i'm back..:P

Cardinal Ruby said...

I like your blog
loved the post :)

Cardinal Ruby said...

I like your blog
loved the post :)

विवेक Call me Vish !! said...

hummmmmm thanks for telling me abt LOVE .....!! nice creative writing !

Jai Ho mangalmay Ho

Eelynn @ Babies said...

I love this post. It is very well written. :)

MangoMan said...

Love Gooru! (:

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