The Power of Love

February 09, 2017 at 1:02 PM

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" 'Cause I am your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I'll do all that I can

We're heading for something
Somewhere I've never been
Sometimes I am frightened
But I'm ready to learn
Of the power of love"

(Lyrics to the Power of Love, co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush)

As we approach another Valentines Day I thought I would pay tribute to the power of love. I know this sounds corny (and don't worry I'm not going to be discussing the 'mushy stuff'), but we often underestimate how love influences our lives. For me falling in love with Ian, meant a change of country and leaving family 14,500 km away, to create a new family here in NZ.

Love has to be one of life's biggest lessons and emotional challenges. One of my friends once said to me "you don't really appreciate how much your parents love you, until you have your own child". Having now had my own beloved son, I completely understand where she was coming from. The out-pouring of love that you have for this new precious life you and your partner have created, is phenomenal and a truly life-changing experience.

We often think of love as being joyous and carefree, however we soon learn that with love comes a lot of responsibilities. It is all about giving, sharing, receiving, accepting and being true to yourself. Remember love isn't just about other people it is about yourself as well. We all express love differently, but when you are truly in a happy place within yourself, that is when love comes easy and effortlessly. On that note I think I am going to go and buy myself a big bunch of flowers...because I deserve it!

Have a wonderful Valentines Day and don't forget to spoil yourself as well as that significant other in your life!