J2P Monday: Love, conditional and unconditional

Last week’s J2P post talked about people being who they are and doing what they do and suggested that the better you know people, the more you will understand them and expect them to be who you know they are and do what you know they do.  Now, the question to consider is whether you can know who they are and love them anyway.

People talk a lot about unconditional love but sometimes I wind up wondering if they know what that is.  Unconditional love means love without having any conditions attached.  If you love someone because he’s handsome, that’s a condition.  Will you still love him if he becomes disfigured?  If you love someone but want her to change a habit you don’t like, that’s a condition.  Unconditional love sees the habit and loves anyway.  In fact sees the habit and loves because the habit or behavior is part of who the loved one is.

If you love someone because “he’s so kind”, that’s a condition.  If you love someone but want them to be healthier, cleaner, thriftier, more attentive, more successful or [fill in the blank for the aspect you don’t like], that’s conditional.  If you’re in a relationship in which you feel the other person must change to suit you, you don’t unconditionally love that person.

At some point when people keep telling me they truly feel they can’t be happy with a friend or love being exactly who s/he is, I start asking “why are you in the relationship?”  I don’t understand staying in a relationship in which you’re making both of you miserable;  it’s not pleasant for the other person to hear all the time that she’s wrong or bad and needs to change and if you’re expressing that kind of unhappiness all the time you’re making yourself miserable too.

Once you learn to know who everyone is, things get easier because you know how they’re going to be.  When you learn to know who they are and to love them for all of it, that’s where the joy is.

6 thoughts on “J2P Monday: Love, conditional and unconditional

  1. Yes and we need to realize that everyone has flaws or faults. Who is perfect? It’s these darn expectations we all have and judging ourselves and each other by these expectations. Of course there are more severe behaviors that may not be tolerated if it is harming someone else.

  2. What we eventually discover, Leigh, is the only person we can truly change is ourself. And as we learn to love who we are and why we are, then we also learn to better appreciate the why and who of others, too. I think. Excellent post, Leigh.

    • Well, thoughtful or self-examining people eventually learn you can only change yourself — wish everyone could see that! And yes, the more you can love yourself the better you can love others. Thanks!

  3. love “once you get to know who people are , every thing gets easier because you know how they’re going to be ” so simple, yet so profound and so very very true. thanks for reminding me.

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