Others can give you fun, excitement & acceptance, (however temporary) , but " love" , (happiness, peaceful contentment) , ...if not already within you, cannot be given to you.
And if you have " love" .......(peaceful contentment) , no one can take it from you. You can give it away if you choose to, but happiness....peaceful contentment, can neither be taken from you without your permission, nor can it be transferred from one person to another.
Have we not all " loved" someone who we believed loved us, and whose love we " felt" magically transferred into us? Only to discover later that we hd been fooled. The person we thought loved us, had never loved us at all. But was instead using us all along?
This was a person who did not, in fact, have a loving heart at all, but was filled only with trickery and underhandness disguised as love for the purpose of getting what they wanted from us, whether it be money or sex....maybe a comfortable bed in which to sleep, or your car to drive? Maybe this person was playing this game with another, or other(S) , while playing you?
When the truth was revealed and his/her " love" was gone, we were left feeling devestated and empty? But.....if that person never had love to give us, then WHOSE LOVE HAD WE BEEN FEELING ALL ALONG? It was our own love we felt.
Yes, our own love, and we can choose to summon up that satisfied, contented, blissful feeling any time we choose......with or without a significant other.
And only when we posess and recognize our own love, are we able to recoginze, seek out, and choose others who have true love within and are capable of a healthy love realtionship.