What is love? Many people have attempted to define it over the years in quotes such as the one below:
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.
– Wayne Dyer
Yesterday I watched Oprah interview Priscilla and Lisa-Marie Presley on her show. Priscilla shared how she really didn’t want her daughter, Lisa Marie, to be a singer yet she knew she had to just let go of her picture. She had to let Lisa Marie do what made her happy. Priscilla joked that she only learned this lesson a couple years ago…
The ironic thing is Lisa Marie started writing poetry and songs when she was 5 years old. It was like she was destined to be a rock-n-roll singer from the start.
A parent may want their child to be a doctor but the child’s natural gift and passion may be for music or art or mathematics. Parents naturally want their children to be successful just as spouses want their husband or wife to be successful, or siblings want their brothers or sisters to be successful.
Each of us has a unique talent that is our gift to the world. Love is letting the caterpillar transform into the butterfly it’s meant to be – not the one we want it to be.