Today is Valentine's Day. The focus often is on couples. But really, let's just put the focus on love in general—love of others (which, I might add, is made far easier when you learn to love yourself first).
One of my favorite inspirational writers, Mark Nepo, says some good things in his book Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred. He writes:
"And the work of love involves holding nothing back and being with other living things in a way that lets them grow, that affirms their sense of safety in the world. ...there is no substitute for going through things together. And it is often through an unexpected empathy that we become a conduit for the human struggle until one person's humanity reveals the whole of humanity. In this way, kindness itself is a way of life.
"All of this is the work of love, the most personal and crucial teacher we will ever meet. ... How is love asking you to grow?"
Later on, Nepo asks "Which is currently stronger in you: love or fear?"
There are two good questions on which to reflect right there. How is love asking you to grow? Which is stronger in you: love or fear?