“When you love someone, the best thing you can offer him or her is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?” – Thich Nhat Hanh
The expressions of love require time. Whether your language of love is shown through physical touch, words of affirmations, gifts giving, quality time, or actions of services, all these expressions involve some forms of physical or emotional presence (Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages”).
Since love is presence and time, it is why we gather for Christmas, New Years, birthdays, graduations, or weddings… We come together to celebrate and allow our presence to foster our love for one another. On the other hand, our presence are much more needed during difficult times, to offer our reassuring, consoling touch that has the power to uplift them from grief. How could you leave your loved ones to suffer alone?
“You look into his eyes and you say: ‘Darling, you know something? I’m here for you.’ You offer him or her your presence, and your true presence. You are not preoccupied with the past or the future, your project. You are for your beloved one. The second mantra is: ‘Darling, I know you are there…and I am so happy because you are truly there.’ You recognize the presence of your beloved one as something very precious… To be loved means to be recognized as existing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you all! May your presence be joyful!
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Photos by Ployphun Thomas
Top – Zara
Silk skirt – H&M
Watch – Daniel Wellington