Love isn't magical. It isn't usually effortless, either. Sometimes it even requires work.
Strong relationships are built and held together by a common glue: love. Love has an inconspicuous enemy named neglect. If we neglect our relationship with someone we love, that relationship will weaken. A great way to strengthen ties with someone is to spend time with that person.
Recently, I realized that I've been neglecting some of the people I love most. If anyone asked me right now if I loved my family, I would answer “Yes” immediately. But if someone asked me how I show that love to my family, I don't think I'd have such a quick response. Because the fact is: I haven't been spending nearly enough time with anyone I love. Oh, I'm plenty busy. But that is no excuse for neglecting the ones I care about the most. Maybe they don't know how much I care about them, because I don't make it known to them. I'm not suggesting that it would be best to go around saying, “I love you” to everybody - in the world of show and tell, show always wins. But I think I'll start spending some time with the people I love, and I won't wait for Valentine's Day to do it.