When I was a kid, I used to have the most open heart. I didn’t care who you were or what you did. I just had mad love to give. I remember falling HARD for someone and couldn’t understand for the life of me why I felt so unloved. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I understood what was going on. A few relationships later (family, friends and significant others) I realized what the problem was. Love has to be created. You ever walk into someones home or room and feel the tension? Like as soon as you step through the threshold, your stomach bubbles, you get a headache or your mood turns sour? The atmosphere, or environment, isn’t one that brings peace. It doesn’t bring joy. If you’re anything like me you may start cracking jokes and telling funny stories to get the funk out of the air. You are trying to change the atmosphere to one that is conducive, or favorable, to your inner being. For me, this is what love is. Love is not an emotion or a feeling. It surely isn’t one-sided. I am on my side saying to you “hey I want to care for you, will you accept it?” you then on your side say “yes I will accept it AND care for you so that we can be cared for together.” That is what creates the love. Now you could read this and think I’m absolutely nuts but I bet if you try it out you’ll see what I mean. Remember the lopsided love I tried to create when I was younger? The other party was not or did not want to reciprocate so my willingness to love that person eventually died out. In more recent years, my love for a few has grown by leaps and bounds because I know without any doubt that it is reciprocated. So no matter where we are, our love cloud follows us. We have a spiritual environment that is love. Me and my friends, lover and loved ones reciprocate this great care of one another and therefore have created a love that I can truly say has made life worth living. -Moriah S.