I don’t know about you, but to me, the words “I love you” lose their impact with each day that passes. Everyone seems to use them when they need something. When they want to get on your good side. When they’re in need of a favor. Or when they just want to get you into bed.
Kind of sad, but it is true. The word “love” has been commercialized so badly, it’s meaning is as valuable as the amount of dollars and cents it brings to the register. I am trying to erase that word out of my vocabulary, and find a fit-able substitute.
What about “I believe in you”? Sure, it doesn’t have the commercial value that “I love you” has (thank God), but it carries much more weight in my view. How? Let’s see:
- I can encourage people to show they can defeat adversity and carry out their goals.
- I re-enforce their character when they are in doubt.
- I can boost their creative juices with confidence.
- I can channel some hope to those who need it.
- I let them know I love them.
- I can awake their passions, initiative, and leadership skills.
- It is a show of trust.
- I can remind them of their potential, which can be fulfilled with action.
- I can re-energize their fighting spirit.
- It is a way to let them know you are rallying behind them every step of the way.
As I said before, anyone can say I love you these days. But it takes a raw emotion and real belief for someone to look into your eyes and say “I believe in you, you can do it”. That in itself, is worth all the money in the world.
Believe is a form of love. When you believe, you are loving.