Have You Ever Been in Love?

By Klaus Doring

“Have You Ever Been in Love” is a song by Canadian recording artist Celine Dion, recorded first for her seventh English studio album A New Day Has Come (2002) and was later included on her eight English studio album One Heart (2003). The song is a power ballad, written by Anders Bagge, Peer Åström, Tom Nichols, Daryl Hall and Laila Bagge, while production was handled by Bagge & Peer. This song inspired me for today’s column. Far from typhoons, pandemics and other bad news.

Falling in love with someone can feel exciting, even exhilarating. But over time, these feelings may settle into something that feels a little different. This love might seem mellow or calm. You might find yourself thinking “I love them” instead of “I’m in love with them.”

This transformation doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong with your relationship.

Loving someone instead of feeling “in love” with them simply illustrates how feelings of love evolve over the course of a relationship, especially a long-term relationship.

Love – a real life drama sometimes that unfolds anytime, yet no one can explain. Ask yourself how or why love happens and you might get plenty of ideas but seldom a satisfying explanation. You might get a nervous giggle or a quick chuckle, a sleepless night or a never-ending palpitation of the heart, a red face, and appetitlessness. Worldwide innumerable lyricists wrote and are still writing being inspired by this phenomenon of love. And yes, back to Celine Delon: almost every composition tells us about love.

Love, the inexplicable emotion that overpowers kings and queens and turns people either into philanthropists or misanthropes. Love, the first state of passionate affairs, that told us love stories like “Romeo and Juliet”, Antony and Cleopatra” or “King Edward and Mrs. Simpson”.

Naranasan mo na bang umibig?  The former Archbishop Fulton Sheet said a long time ago, “Love is the perfection of justice”. Aristoteles, the Greek philosopher added, “Even there is justice you also need friendship”. Saint Augustus remarked in those days, “Do what you like. If you love God, you’ll do nothing wrong”.

Well, I guess there is something more than romance, changing kisses or gilic tasks or giving a bouquet of roses. There should be something more than looking for “the best way to win a man’s heart through his stomach” – and out come only the empty dishes.

Love is in between two but also in the midst of many taking responsibility for a child, for a family, for a company or for an institution, for a public task or a newly planted tree.

Love can destroy agonizing bitterness which we easily develop against our enemies or people, who liked to be close to us but being disrespectful at the same time.

As frustrated and hopeful as you may feel right now, with God’s love your life can be happier than you dreamed possible. The time after the coming of Jesus Christ is not a time of fear but of love. If you realize this, you’ll be able to experience all kinds of love that life has in store. Hopefully, maybe one day in the future, you’ll be able to love even your enemy or adversary of your fellow creature who tries to squander your last respect.

Have you ever been in love – You could touch the moonlight  – When your heart’s shooting stars  -You’re holding heaven in your arms – Have you ever been so in love?

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