So todays daily prompt is expectation, and today just happens to be Valentines Day. Coincidence? I think not. What love actually is, and what people’s expectations of love are, are two different things in my opinion. So, you have this day where we are supposed to shower our loved ones with big giant gifts so we can show how much we care and love them, but yet does that really show anything besides how fat our wallets are? I was telling my sister just awhile ago that when I was with my ex, he would buy me like all this jewelry for Valentines Day, yet he still continued to be physically and emotionally abusive every other day…so what was the point? Expectation verses actuality. The way we love someone, isn’t shown by buying their love, or overindulging them in food and sweets, it’s actually loving them with your heart. It is the behind the scenes that most people don’t see, or don’t care to see. It’s my mom putting my blind dads pills out every week in a way in which he knows where they are, and which ones to take in the am and pm. Love is my blind dad washing the dishes and making the bed while my mom is at work. Love is something that television and social media tries to make into a competition, when in actuality, love is not something to compete for, it is something to strive for, it is something that takes a lot of work to grow, and keep alive. There are all kinds of ways that love is lost, all kinds of ways that love is not real, all kind of ways to lose love, but the people that really work hard at it, that never give up no matter how hard things get, those are the people that really get to enjoy love, even if they miss the little hints and signs of it daily. These people that have this “love is going to save me” expectation, are sadly mistaken. No one can save anyone, no one needs to be saved by anyone except by themselves. When you put that weight on someones shoulders, or that expectation, if you will, you automatically set them up for failure. Love is a two way street, two people have to work at it together to achieve something golden, something real, a glimpse of Heaven on Earth. God sacrificed His son, so that we could all know what true love is, to love someone so much, to sacrifice someone so important to Him, so that the world would know how much He truly loved all of us. He still loves all of us, and his idea and example of love, should be our actual expectation of what true love actually is.