LOVE Knows and accepts the other person as he or she isTime is its greatest friendAn emotional need and an act of the willIs not blind, but seeks the truthPatient Knows and accepts themTrusts , allows the other person to be freeDoes not seek its own ("How can I serve others?")
INFATUATIONBased on little-known facts about the other personWon’t pass the test of timeIs purely an emotion, thus is subject to change and waveringIs blind to realityIn a big hurryWants to change the other personEasily threatened, jealousSelf-centered ("What will benefit ME?")
STILL NOT SURE??????
LoveGrows from friendship, you develop the same qualites you have in a best friend. Self Giving, it's not about you, and what makes YOU happy...it's what you can do for the other personI love you, no "if's, and's or but's" just plain and simple... "I love you."Patient with Imperfections, like with your best friend, you allow them to grow and mature, not manipulate.Trusting, not jealous..."Where were you?" "Who were you with?" "I saw the way you looked at them!" "You want them don't you?" "You are such a flirt!" Makes you a better person, doesn't ask you to do anything that would hurt you or your future...Does what is best for others, thinks of you first, not what they can get away with for now...
InfatuationHappens quickly, confuse hyped up emotions and excitement for what "love" is because of the strong emotions attached. Especially when fighting...Feels selfish. Selfishness is what destroys all relationships...self-focused on own "happiness" and blames the other person.I love you if or because. "If you loved me you would stay with me tonight and not your friends...."Blind, glosses over faults. People are warning you but you refuse to see it or have excuses for it.Based on physical attraction or status. "She is hot and popular...therefore...I love her."Instant desire, acts on impulse, does not value the other person...just to fulfill their own lusts.Chooses for the moment and does not take your future into consideration.
Maybe this will help...Love is the maturation of friendship. You must be friends before you can be lovers. Love means trust. You are calm, secure and unthreatened. Your beloved feels that also and makes them even more trustworthy. Love is an upper. It makes you look up. It makes you think up. It makes you a better person. Infatuation has an element of sexual excitement. If you are honest, you can admit it is difficult to be in one another's company unless you are sure it will end-- in intimacy. Infatuation lacks confidence. When he/she is away you wonder if he/she is cheating. Sometimes you check.Infatuation might lead you to do things you will regret later, but love never will.
Take time to really be real with yourself...it's your future. If you don't value yourself...no one else will.