Romance and Gratitude

July 20, 2012 at 9:49 am (Real Life, Relationship, Uncategorized) (, , , )


Earlier this week I caught myself thinking, “I need more romance in my life.” I almost tweeted that silly thought, but I stopped to wonder what I really meant by “romance.” What was it really that I was longing for? I don’t personally feel a need for the candy-gifts-and-flowers commercial brand of romance, so what does romance mean beyond those cliches?

I posed the question to Twitter, and got some wonderful responses:

  • “A text the next day would be nice…” [@QuantumTree]
  • “I leave special notes that say how much I care, in unexpected places. I do things for my loves that may not have thought of.” [locked user]
  • “Knowing what I like and don’t like – especially food-wise…” [@OpenSourceHeart]
  • “Going out of your way for someone, creating for them, & understanding that tiny things make a big difference.” [locked user]
  • “I’d rather have little moments that count than flowers. Finding my chores done b/c I’m behind. Words of affirmation when you think of them. Making time to hang out even if it’s ridiculously short…” [@darkersunshine]
  • “A soft touch, compassion and understanding. Support when you are are you weakest. Passion, Desire and Desperation.” [locked user]
  • “Emotional and moral support. passion that extends beyond the sexual realm. understanding, patience. quiet.” [@anne_athema]
  • “The burning itent to make your mate feel loved; to know how they have become an integral part of your very being.” [@Where_Do_I_Fit]
  • “When they do/make/buy something that solves a minor problem I was having but I didn’t realize they noticed.” [@LadyMadhu]
  • “Less flowers and gifts..more little moments and surprises that show I’m cherished and he KNOWS me. Memories.” [@meditativeme]
  • “A connection deeper than just pure need. Talking about aspirations, desires. Sex at a higher level than just orgasm.” [locked user]

The thread through all the comments is that romance is in actions, not objects. It is how the connection between lovers is maintained, with communication, intimacy, and clear expression of emotion.  I agree with these definitions of romance and would adopt all of them for myself.

So then I wondered, am I receiving these things? What am I missing that leads me to this sense of lack of romance?

And the answer is… well, I’m not really missing any of them. I just don’t always see them. I’m starting to understand that romance isn’t just about what is expressed or given, but it’s about being open to receiving those expressions with warmth, gratitude and appreciation for the intent with which they are given.

I struggle sometimes to see the wonderful things I have in the shadow of what I think I want. When I do stop and look more closely, the things I have shine brighter, and the things I think I want start to fade away. There’s a lack of gratitude in my life sometimes, but not a dearth of romance.

He will walk me down three flights of stairs to his door when I leave, just to have a few more minutes with me and kiss me good-bye one last time.

He will text me on the random occasion just to say “I love you.”

He offers foot rubs and enjoys giving them.

He will agree to be the designated driver.

He will flirt with my friends when they need it, but he’s never insincere about it.

He tells me that my breasts are phenomenal.

He has made me a few little love tokens and notes  that I cherish.

He will talk to me about anything, and he respects my opinion, even if I disagree with his.

Romance? I’ve got it. I just need to be open and recognize it when it is given.

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