By: Danielle Meeker, IATG Contributor February 8, 2016
I love you. Three words, eight letters. Those words hold so much power. They have the power to turn someone’s mood completely around, they can remind those you care about how much they mean to you, and they can convey so much meaning when other words fail. Sometimes I think, for whatever reason, we don’t say these words as much as we should, and if we do, it’s a throwaway phrase, said without true meaning or feeling.
I found out a few days ago that my grandmother has advanced cancer in both of her lungs. My maternal grandmother died when I was only two, so my father’s mother is the only true grandmother I have ever known. It caught me off guard. Yes, she’s in her 80s and not getting younger by any means, but prior to a couple weeks ago I wouldn’t have assumed anything like this would be on the horizon. She is full of life, full of zest, and so full of love. Yesterday, she and I had about a one and a half minute phone conversation, and the moment she came on the phone, I was overwhelmed, overwhelmed with so much uncertainty, so much fear at the thought of losing her.
In the 90 seconds, I told her I loved her no less than three times. I wanted her to know that even from 3,000 miles away, I love and will always love her.
I’ll see her in about a week, and I’m sure I’ll tell her I love her over and over in person as well.
Don’t forget about those three little words. They mean more to someone than you may know. Tell your mom, tell your dad, tell the family pet, tell anyone and everyone you truly love just how much they mean to you. Joy abounds when we let our feelings be known to others. It makes them feel good, and it makes us feel good too. It’s about being kind and open.
I am quickly learning, the older I get, that nothing lasts forever, and I want to make sure I live and love to the fullest. I want to say “I love you” as much as I can, because I never know what will happen in the future.
So remember to say those magic words. They strengthen light that’s already burning bright, and they reignite the light when things seem dark.
When was the last time you told someone you loved them? When was the last time you were told you were loved? Valentine's Day is a great reminder to share, spread, and show the love. Pick up the phone and make that call, get out the paper and write that letter, make the coffee date and say those three game-changing words to someone you love today.
Danielle has a BA in English, emphasis in Creative Writing. She is a marine mammal trainer on Oahu, working with dolphins, sea lions and penguins. She loves singing, photography, iced coffee, and everything water related. Check out her YouTube channel DanielleMeekerTalks and Instagram @dmeekertalks.
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