A couple years ago, I had a conversation with my brother-in-law (who is super funny and a little uncomfortable with how openly affectionate our family tends to be). During a couple rounds of witty banter,  I told him, “you know what the problem is… you’re emotionally constipated.” And his reply was, “well if that’s that case, then you have emotional diarrhea.”  That counter-point not only made me laugh but it got me thinking about the balance between restraining and blurting our emotions and affections towards one another.

Then I was talking with one of my friends who got to the point where she took the leap of saying “I love you” to her boyfriend.  Unfortunately the other person wasn’t ready to reciprocate, which hurt, but she was glad that she was true to her own feelings. I guess I forget how hard the “L” word is to say for some people. And as I realized how our culture makes such a big deal about actually saying “i love you” to someone, I wondered if i freak my colleagues out sometimes. Because, the truth is when I feel it, I just blurt it out. Last night when I was looking through my twitter stream for a link I posted last year, I laughed when saw how much I tweat the word “love.”

Ok, so here’s my question: 
Does love work in a different economy?

Gold is valuable because it is so rare (supply and demand theory). But I can’t believe that love becomes less valuable the more its felt and communicated? Surely it isn’t ruled by the same value principles that the market uses for price determination.

Maybe the more we communicate and act on love,
the more we experience and feel it for ourselves?



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