Real love is the result of a great deal of effort over a long period of time. It is developed through trust and loyalty and patience, learning not to say a harsh word or even show disrespect when we are provoked. Over many years this kind of love can grow to such an extent that those you love will know you’re incapable of hurting them. Imagine the security this brings, both to you and to them.
~ Blue Mountain Center for Meditation
Love isn’t just infatuation or attraction. Real love develops over time knowing every flaw of the other person and loving them anyway. You can discover a deeper intimate level when you truly can communicate your feelings without fear of any negative response from your partner. True friends can share anything together and it is always the best foundation.