Romantic Love--The Thrill Factor
Some individuals feel uncertain about the value of romantic love
because they confuse the genuine article with that frothy substitute
known as temporary infatuation.
Some try to suppress all thought of romantic love because they
are not experiencing it. Some rationalize, "I don't have it; it must not
exist." Others think, "It's not possible in my marriage."
In spite of all this, just about everyone inwardly longs for a
thrilling relationship involving oneness, a deep intimacy with another
person, joy and optimism, spice and excitement, and that wonderful,
euphoric, almost indescribable sensation known as "being in love."
Some people say they are "on cloud nine." They mean that they feel
energized, motivated, confident to conquer because they know they
are loved by their beloved. There is a sense of awe in feeling chosen
for this blessed state. With it goes a thrill of anticipation in being
together. Most important, a fresh sense of purpose sweetens life
because the two have found each other and have, as the expression
goes, "fallen in love."
This is not overstating the case. As a physician, I have seen that
the emotions of romantic love give people a new outlook on life and a
sense of well-being. Romantic love is good medicine for fears and
anxieties and a low self-image. Psychologists point out that real
romantic love has an organizing and constructive effect on
personalities. It brings out the best in us, giving us the will to improve
ourselves and to reach for a greater maturity and responsibility. This
love enables us to begin to function at our highest level.
Quite honestly, if you are not in love with your marriage partner
in this way, you are missing something wonderful, no matter how
sincere your commitment to that person may be. Even contentment
can be dull and drab in comparison with the joy God planned for you
with your marriage partner.
...The relationship you would like to have can happen, but not by
[ By Ed Wheat, M.D. ('Love Life') -- from 'Love Quotes' (LoveQuotesfirstname.lastname@example.org) ]
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