What is the difference between “I like you” and “I love you.” Beautifully answered by Buddha. Buddha’s answer was so simple: “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily..! One who understand this, understands life ….
When you like a flower, you want to own it. You will prune and put it into a beautiful jar on the table, without noticing that the flower is withering and dying.
But if you love a flower, you will water and take care of it every single day. You want the flower to bloom in the midst of nature, to fruit, and to sow seeds into the ground. You let the flower live its own life as the laws of nature.
The same thing happens when you love some one. You hope and do the best for them. You let them be free to live the way they want to live, to become who they want to become.
And if you want to have some one, but you want to impose your thoughts on that person, and don’t care about their emotions, then it’s not love. That is just like.
Loving some one and liking them are very different. Buddha says that when you like a flower you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it every day. One who understands this, understands life.
The image of the flower that Buddha was talking about represents the beauty or a woman in our eyes. By the aim of what you are doing is whether for you or for the other; you will see if you are loving some one or just liking them. As long as you know how to love some one, you understand the life.