Once two friends grew very close to each other. While they both were sitting by the beach, the girl filled the palm of her hands with some water and held it before her friend and said, "You see this water carefully contained on my hands? It symbolizes Love."
This was how her friend analyzed the situation: As long as you keep your hand caringly open and allow it to remain there, it will always be there. However, if you attempt to close your fingers round it and try to posses it, it will spill through the first cracks it finds.
When people meet love, they try to posses it, they demand, they expect, and just like the water spilling out of your hand, love will retrieve from you. For love is meant to be free, you cannot change its nature. If there are people you love, allow them to be free beings.
To truly practice love, we must sincerely feel no expectations from those whom we love, and yet provide an unconditional caring. Further, give and don't expect anything in return. Advise, but don't order. Ask, but never demand.
Richard Bach, the popular American writer, wrote: "If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it's yours, if it doesn't, it never was."