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2016 Monthly Themes – https://thinkmahogany.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/2016-monthly-themes/
2017 Monthly Themes
I asked for suggestions on Instagram and for the following suggestions:
Animals…Tell us about some of the Ghanaian women who have achieved n inspired all. Who have made great impact on our life’s and continent…How about books of the Bible? Or the 12 apostles? I love food…..so maybe 12 months of exotic fruits? Breakfast dishes? How about great movies? The grand epic ones…Ben Hurr….Casablanca…..Etc. Or great literary novelists….Jane Austen….Shakespeare and so forth?…The many attributes of God : Jehovah Nissi; Jehovah Jireh; Jehovah Shaman etc…cars…Positive attitudes or characteristics…Monthly birth stones….Folks who positively influenced our history as mankind…Trees…the SIMPLICITY beneath all sophistication 😉
All sounds very tempting, very interesting, actually very hard for me to chose and I almost went for people, both male and female who made positive impacts in our lives until tonight when it dawned on me that there is this one thing that every single individual yearns for. Either secretly or openly. It has come up in many conversations lately, and the mistakes people who do have it, make. This priceless thing called Love that is yearned for.
Some yearn to be loved by someone who isn’t good for them. Some yearn to be loved by someone who simply doesn’t love them. Some yearn to be loved by someone, doesn’t matter who, they just want to be loved. Some yearn to love someone, doesn’t matter who, they just want someone to love. Some are loved and love back but still feel a certain void in love. Love is an inevitable need for mankind but there is the challenge of:
“The perfect love we seek, the imperfect love we give”.
Every month in 2017 will be named after 12 Characteristics Of True Love.
Now, some might say I am a sucker for love. Ask yourself one question. When have you ever done anything meaningful out of hate. You do it out of love 🙂
And it is my heart’s desire that by the end of 2017, everyone reading this and yearning to love and be loved will find: “The perfect love they seek, the perfect love they give”.
HOPEFUL JANUARY “LOVE”
“This goes out to all of the people who have been broken but have been strong enough to let go. For the people who have hurt so badly that they felt they could never love again, but kept their head up. For those who feel like going back to their old lover would put all the pieces back where they belong and everything would fit, but accept the cold hard truth instead. For the people that wish loneliness wasn’t a part of them, but put up with it anyhow. For the people that are okay with taking up all of the room in the bed, even if sometimes it feels a little empty. For the people who wake up in the morning with no missed calls, but smile anyway. For the people that periodically miss the past, but are so much more excited for the future. For the people that have wounds still healing. For the people that have so much tied to their past relationship, but break those chains to start fresh. For the people that want to look back so badly, but focus on the road ahead. For the people that pick up the phone so tempted to call, but keep their dignity in tact instead. For the people that never wanted to let go, but had to. For the people that still believe in love even after all of the hurt their heart has endured. For all the people that gave up not because they were weak, but because most times it’s better just to let go. You will get your happy ending someday.” — Unknown
Love Is Hopeful …… #HopefulJanuary
#HappyNewMonth #Love #January #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes
SELF LOVE FEBRUARY “LOVE”
It’s cliché that February is going to be themed Love February when the month is already known to be the month of LOVE with a whole day dedicated to it, St. Valentine’s Day. But what I am talking about here is SELF LOVE. The regard for one’s own wellbeing and happiness.
Many people confuse being in a relationship with love. Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean there is true love present. If there is jealousy, possessiveness, constant fighting, cheating, dishonesty, abuse (verbal, emotional or physical), etc… that is not love. Despite that, the current question however is, why do we rely on someone else to make us feel loved? To be able to truly love someone else, we must first love ourselves.
Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual growth. Self-love is dynamic; it grows by actions that mature us. When we act in ways that expand self-love in us, we begin to accept much better our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves as human beings struggling to find personal meaning are more centered in our life purpose and values, and we expect living fulfillment through our own efforts, not through anyone else and this includes love.
Love Yourself before finding the fulfilment in loving someone else.
Self Love…… #SelfLoveFebruary
#HappyNewMonth #Love #SelfLove #February #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes
SACRIFICIAL MARCH “LOVE”
Does Love Involve Sacrifice?
We’re not naturally good lovers. We like to think we are but we are not. Love is full of compromises and sacrifices. Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love is by far the truest type of love.
According to Romantic Ideology, love is frequently described as involving sacrifices. When we as Christian Believers think of sacrificial love, we think of Jesus. To sacrificially love others is the essence of Jesus. Jesus IS sacrificial love. The good news is that Jesus left us with all the power we need to be sacrificial lovers.
To sacrifice is to give up something precious in order to gain or maintain something, such as a valuable relationship or some other worthy cause. The term “sacrifice” is often used in religious contexts referring to the act of offering something precious to a deity. The decision to make a sacrifice is taken in light of the great benefit for the other person or for the relationship.
As a Practicing Catholic observing Lent , I admire Jesus’ walk in the wilderness as Sacrificial Love. This is the reason why I chose this for this month’s theme. Sacrificial love is a love that is demanding, committed and costly – to the point of giving of one’s self in totality; this is a very radical form of love. In fact we can say that that sacrificial love is Cross-shaped. The Cross is the ultimate symbol of sacrificial love, for there Jesus died an undeserved, painful death, pouring out his life on our behalf for no other reason than that he loved us.
Sacrificially loving others isn’t about doing what we do well. Sacrificial love comes from outside of our sweet spot. It’s giving more than we have to give, doing more than we know how to do, sharing more than we thought we could share. When we reach out generously to serve others we see a beautiful picture of life as God planned it to be.
Sacrificial Love…… #SacrificialMarch
#HappyNewMonth #March #SacrificialLove #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes
SELFLESS APRIL “LOVE“
Not many people would obey God and submit to go through unmeasurable pain carrying your burdens and die on the cross for you. If if wasn’t for Love , SelflessLove
Love is a deep emotion. Some think it is about caring for someone, some think it is pure obsession about someone, some think its selfish and you must get everything what you want from the person. But the truth is that, true love is the most selfless emotion of all. In true love, you don’t expect anything, you don’t want anything, you are free of all kinds of obsession, and you just want the person to be happy with their life. True love is indeed selfless and doesn’t demand anything from the person you love.
Let’s see a few reasons why true love is selfless.
1) True love doesn’t demand
2) True love doesn’t have high expectations
3) Happiness of the person is all you want
4) True love feels the most pain
5) Love is not forced upon someone
6) When your love is true you let go
7) True love doesn’t force you to change
True love is hard to find these days. So if you have true love around you, treasure it and never let it go. Let them be around you forever and forever; because they are worth it more than anyone else.
#HappyNewMonth #Love #SelflessLove #SelflessApril #April #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes
KIND MAY “LOVE“
1 Corinthians 13:4-8New International Version (NIV): 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
I am picking on Kind because Kindness should not be based on condition. It doesn’t have to cost anything, either; what’s important is that it’s an act of expressing genuine care for another person. The dictionary says it is having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature. kindness is encouraged by every major religion and is recognized as a value in many cultures.
You may be a nice person but not a kind person. Kindness takes courage. Especially when we’re not feeling 100%. But let’s fight back against unkindness and be the best versions of ourselves that we possibly can be. Be kind to everyone, always. It might not make the world go around, but it certainly makes it a lot more joyful and comfortable to live in. It sparks openness. Catalysts creative flow. Incites union and cohesion. And, what’s more, your kindness will come back to you one way or another!
Now there is the flip side where people take your kindness for granted. That shouldn’t make you stop being kind but it should make you wiser.
#HappyNewMonth #LoveIsKind #KindLove #May #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #KindMay
SEXY JUNE “LOVE”
“Ei so does that mean that under every post in June, I am going to have Sexy June? I better have a heck of a sexy month oh! Make it all worth the while. Afterall, love is sexy! Love is taking over. We dey go gaga!”
Love is exciting, seductive, desirable, alluring, inviting, sensual, sultry, slinky, provocative, tempting, tantalizing…Which is all so sexy!
Be sexy this June. Feel good whilst at it no matter how you look or what the situation in your life is. And make someone feel good about you.
#HappyNewMonth #LoveIsSexy #SexyLove #June #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #SexyJune
SWEET JULY “LOVE”
They say love is to be seen in the beauty of the one that makes you happy and in the depth of your lover’s eyes. Some also say love is to be tasted, like the sweet candy that melts in your mouth, or the way you melt when your lips meet your lover’s lips.
When your heart is lost and captured within the kiss that sets your love on fire, you tingle with sweetness and they call it love.
In my opinion, love is too small a word to describe what it is and how it makes me feel.
Love is the greatest gift God ever gave His children. It excites me in all sorts of ways. Love is sweet when it is new, but even sweeter when its true! Nothing can mess with true love. True love is very rare, unique, special and everyone should have the blessing of experiencing it. Allign yourself with honest love. It is within this that you will taste it’s sweetness. When you fall out of line, you will experience what makes you think it is all overrated. Truly I tell you, LOVE IS SWEET.
#HappyNewMonth #LoveIsSweet #SweetLove #July #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #SweetJuly
SEDUCTIVE AUGUST “LOVE”
Did I ever tell you that I never knew what craving was until I met you? The way you share love with me is incredibly sensuous and deep. I savor every tantalizing caress; every pleasurable moan. I’m addicted to your scent; how your body communicates with mine. Let your body talk to mine some more. I crave it. I need it……Okay okay okay wake up! That must have been a dream. However on a serious note, its time to add a little extra zing to this #Love thing. We were #Sexy in June and #Sweet in July. Lets get #Seductive this #August. Just a little tempting and attractive gesture. Fascinate your lover with a magnetic pull that will attract a quality that tempts him/her in some way. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Summer will soon end and you sure need some company in the Autumn and some warm in the winter. What is love without that extra excitement? Kiss your lover in such a way that they can’t wait to kiss you again.
#HappyNewMonth #LoveIsSeductive #SeductiveLove #August #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #SeductiveAugust
PURE SEPTEMBER “LOVE”
My uncle Wikipedia said #Love is a variety of different emotional and mental states, typically strongly and positively experienced, that ranges from deepest interpersonal affection to simple pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a lover man or lover woman and differs from the love of Ghana Jollof. Most commonly, love refers to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. So ladies, when he tells you “I love you” on the first date, believe him. He is probably strongly attracted to you so don’t say “but we just met. He didn’t say “marry me”. He said I LOVE YOU! Lol. But when a public figure tells you I love you, you can question that. For them it is just a creative saying. It makes them look good. Many people use I Love You loosely. Principle: Don’t say what you don’t mean. No one will reward your words. Pure Love is a virtue representing human kindness, compassion and affection with a non-judgmental, unselfish, loyal and great concern for the good of another. Now that, all of that together is Pure Love! Until you can exhibit all of it, the purity of your love is questionable. Many have loved me but they don’t all leave me calm. The purity of your love is what keeps them with you.
#HappyNewMonth #LoveIsPure #PureLove #September #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #PureSeptember
LOYAL OCTOBER “LOVE”
True #Love and #Loyalty ..… You cannot buy true love and you cannot buy loyalty.
You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds, and souls.
Love and Loyalty isn’t grey. You either love and stay loyal completely, or not love at all. And with that, you do not owe your loyalty.
Loyalty means I will stick by you whether you are wrong or right but I will tell you when you are wrong and help you get right. You can only do that when you have love.
Once you devote yourself to loving something or someone, there must be the will to stay faithful to that decision, staying loyal to its very core, fighting all negativity that tries to take you away from that decision.
However, do not let your loyalty become slavery. When you have made every effort and it just isn’t working or being recognized or appreciated, you take the wise road back home. “If they don’t appreciate what you bring to the table. Then let them eat alone.”
One of the most hurtful feelings is when you love and not loved back. When you stay loyal to someone but they betray you. Be what you want to attract.
#HappyNewMonth #LoveIsLoyal #LoyalLove #October #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #LoyalOctober
GENUINE NOVEMBER “LOVE”
Nothing toxic comes from genuine love.
Love is many things, but it is never #Deceitful
Do not accept anything as love without #Truth because love and truth have always been best friends.
Someone who lies to you is deceitful and that is no love!
Someone who sits amidst people to talk down and negatively about you do not love you.
People love to say, ‘I love that person even though or but…’. Genuine love is never followed with the words ‘even though nor but’.” To be loved genuinely is to be loved unconditional and regardless of anything.
To keep it simple, here with some distinguishing marks of Genuine Love:
Patience: Love is patient… (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Generosity: Love is kind. It does not envy. (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Humility: Love does not boast. It is not proud. It is not self-seeking. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Courtesy: Love is not rude. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Restraint: Love is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Joy: Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. (1 Corinthians 13:6)
Consistency: Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
“#Genuine #Love comes from #Knowledge not from a sense of #Duty or #Guilt “ – Alan Watts
LET LOVE BE GENUINE!!!
#HappyNewMonth #GenuineLove #LoveIsGenuine #November #ThinkMahogany #MonthlyTheme #2017MonthlyThemes #ThinkMahoganyMonthlyThemes #GenuineNovember
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