Wednesdays with Buena: Emptiness

Photo of Frederick Claflin

By Buenaflor Laoang

Ooops! Our last Wednesday this February! Oh- so short are the days!

But in our Feb “LOVE” mantra, we can lengthen each day of our life when we choose to fill it with love.

I hope you didn’t miss on our previous posts as we spell outlove. These had been our weekly challenges:

Linger On...

Out of the Box!

Vows,  and I am now going to close this acronym by mythoughts about what love is.

E– mptiness, escape, endless…

Emptiness. Here is the greatest definition of love, from the Book of Corinthians Chapter 13:

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

And as I pondered on it, love is so hard to carry out. We may be succeeding at some points, but we’re failing in the others. When I posted about lingering on, probably there were bloggers and readers out there who weren’t with me! Why linger, why stay, why keep on? For sometimes, staying in love is just not that easy, and I am meaning at love in its deepest ways.  That’s why, I tried to look at love, and sometimes, when it’s unattainable in its purest sense- it leaves emptiness, an emptiness within. Love is not easy.

Escape. Oh so many loved that post Out of the Box! (I thank you all!) And though we are caught in varied boxes of life- allowed ourselves to be inside those boxes where we put our heart into, where we found our definitions of love in- we share the same sentiment, the need to get some breather once in a while. And so again I thought about love, and concluded, that maybe one of the best ways to make love easier, and find its way deeper in one’s heart, is when it tells us- escape for a while… In escaping, you will miss it, and will allow you to see its purest meaning, and then until- we all succeed in realizing.

That love never fails… (I will ask you to read, a little slower this time like you are public reading a poetic prose; and for each word, feel what it tells you.)

Endless. For love, indeed, is endless. It may leave you empty, it may lead you to escape, but it stays.. it’s endless. That’s why love, too, must be taken as a vow. It is a lifetime commitment, even eternal. Whatever, wherever, whoever this incredible thing called love touches, he ought not to fail it, if he is to seek after true happiness, real freedom, his fulfillment.. he ought to embrace it, and know fully well what true love is.

And that true love, spoke to me this February, and told me of those three things: “emptiness, escape, endless”… Well, I’d be cheered to know about your story, too. Many things happened this month, and at the end of it all and on the final week of the love month- I invite you to feel love in all its forms, in its every detail, submit to all that it brings, trust it in every way. Perhaps, that’s the best way to experience it in life.

And remember, at the peak or the downiest points of loving, it simply never fails all the time.

Love and always,