I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.
Forrest wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and neither am I. We’re all born with an innate understanding of what Love is. The difference is that Forrest didn’t lose that understanding over time. His mind wasn’t clouded with what the world wants you to think Love is.
The world portrays Love most frequently as lust. Lustful feelings can often be confused with Love in the moment. However there are a few key differences that I want to highlight here.
- Love is Selfless, lust is selfish
- Love changes us for the better, lust entrenches us in our bad habbits
- Love allows us to have a greater understanding of those we truly love, lust only clouds our thoughts and makes us judgemental
- Love gives us courage, lust makes us cowards
I thought that I understood Love when I married my wife. I thought I understood it when I found out she was pregnant. I even thought I understood it when our sweet daughter was born.
It wasn’t until very recently that I came to understand this last thing about Love:
- Love grows over time, lust diminishes every day
This is what Forrest understood that most of us don’t. His Love for Jenny grew consistently every single day because he allowed it to. He nurtured it’s growth. He understood that you get out of Love what you put into it. This is something that Jenny didn’t come to understand until she was near the end of her life.
My hope is that those close to me can come to understand and embrace this truth so that they may come to know the pure joy that comes along with it.