So Just What Is Love, Anyway?Love
is an extraordinary word, an infinite container for all the wishes, fantasies, needs, and impulses we have for connection. It's a one-size-fits-all term that is applied to an enormous range of relationships and emotions. Charlie Brown said that love is a warm puppy. But love
also describes the way you feel about your mate on your wedding day; it's the way you feel about a beloved relative who is being laid to rest; and it's even the desperate wish a child has to earn the affection of an abusive parent. We call it love when you surrender to sexual union with your...
You know what it feels like when "something's missing."
You sense a vague discomfort, a whiff of uneasy numbness that creeps up during quiet moments. Nonsense
, you scold yourself. Snap out of it. There's no reason to mope. Don't let anyone notice. I have so much to be grateful for.
A few hours, a few days, pass. There it is again. That flatness. I feel like I'm just going through the motions. I hope no one notices.
Perhaps that feeling steals over you when you least expect it, at times when you really ought to feel happy. You may be in a decent relationship and can't quite figure out...