Love is a vital force in life. With it we thrive. Without it, we struggle.

Author C.S. Lewis once wrote of the four human loves – affectionate or brotherly love; fraternal love, or friendship; romantic love; and unconditional love, or natural love for all humankind. And we need all of them to survive.

Love cannot be captured and stored away somewhere. Loving qualities such as devotion and loyalty are immeasurable, even with the most sophisticated tools. And because its essence cannot be captured, love is sometimes seemingly hard to find in this world. But when we begin to search for it, we are often rewarded in the most unexpected ways. Take this passage from author Paulo Coelho:

“Love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to reach out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if it means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness. The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.”

Love requires risk. Love requires trust. And most of all, love requires courage – especially when we are afraid. But if we can keep our hearts full of light and continue searching despite uncertainty, it is in these moments we become saved.

As another writer once said – the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Never stop daring. Never stop seeking.