According to many of the wisdom masters of old, nothing could be more important than love. Love is the driver for all great stories: not just romantic love, but the love of parent for child, for family, for country. Love satisfies a fundamental human need to belong.
What love is, depends on where you are in relation to it. Secure in it, it can feel as normal and necessary as air. Deprived of it, it can feel like an obsession; all consuming, a physical pain.
So is love a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, or purely a social construct, a survival tool – a mechanism we have evolved to promote long-term relationships, mutual defence and parental support of children and to promote feelings of safety and a sense of belonging?
This year’s Wise Words is exploring ‘love’ in all its guises. We are interested in what it means; it’s importance to our lives; whether our need to ‘belong’ hinders or helps our relationships; how we can nurture love that extends beyond our immediate family to those with whom we might have little in common. We would love to hear your stories, your experiences of love.
Share your story
We would love to hear your experiences of love whether that be for a partner, a lover, a child, a passion, your work or for a community. Stories that explore the beauty and sorrow of love. You can send these in as poems, as prose or eve as an image and we can credit you or entries can remain anonymous. We are not too strict on word counts but recommend that they are no longer than about 1000 words.
Chosen submissions will be used on our blog and promoted across our social media. By sending us your entry you are giving us permission to use it in this way. All work must be your own and please don’t forget to let us know if you wish to be credited and if so, how.
Send entries to email@example.com putting ‘STORIES OF LOVE’ in the subject box
We will be taking submissions from now until March 31st 2017.