A Thought For Your Valentine’s Day

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“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, it always trusts, it always hopes, it always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians, 13:4:7 (NIV)

Many do not know that Valentine’s Day has rather morbid, and less than “loving” roots. You can read about it here. Nevertheless, this post concerns is about the present depiction of the holiday.

They say that our positive emotions emanate from love, while our negative emotions arise from fear. Of the two, love is life affirming and heart nurturing. Be it new love or mature love, or something in between, may you have love and know love all 366 days of this year.

For those of us who are not in a relationship, this is still a day to be celebrated. Gather those family and friends whom you love, and honor the love that brings you together.

Love is not reserved for some and not others. It is a universal emotion that warms the heart, and touches the soul. Love, in all its iterations, brings out the very best versions of our selves, and should be cherished.

Remember to share it, express it, and most importantly, put it into action every day. Love is not a once a year gift to share, but one that is best enjoyed every day. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loves!

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Today is Valentine’s Day–the day for love and expressing your love to your loves. Now, I hate to quibble, but my personal opinion is that I don’t need a special day of the year to convey my love. No, for me, and I am sure, most of us, it happens throughout the year in the things that I do and the things that I say, and sometimes in what is not said.  Love is not  a once a year affair, but an every day gift borne of the heart to the ones that we love.

The modern day celebration of February 14th has become less about the expression of love through hand-made cards and small heartfelt tokens of affection, and more about mass-produced cards bought at the nearest grocery store along with the gazillion flowers grown specifically for the occasion, and lest I forget, expensive jewelry.  Preparing for Valentine’s Day has become tantamount to preparing for a rigorous exam or running a marathon.  Indeed, especially for men, there is no ecstasy, only agony in choosing the perfect gift for a partner, especially if it is a new relationship. These days it requires a Herculean effort to purchase a gift that will be received without  shock, anger, surprise (I am not referring to a ‘happy’ surprise.) or bitter disappointment.  Yes, the commercialization of Valentine’s Day has made it less a celebration of love, and more a minefield that one must walk in search of the “right” gift.  It’s little wonder why there are members of both sexes that choose to end a relationship to avoid dealing with the Valentine’s Day dilemma.

Anyway, for those of you in search of appropriate quotes for your Valentine, I’ve listed several quotes from a beautiful little book titled “You + Me,” and compiled by Dan Zadra and Kristel Wills. It is a collection of beautiful quotes concerning love.  Perhaps, one of them might assist you in expressing your love jones to that special someone.

I come 
to fetch
where I left it,
that is to say,
in yours.  ~Juliette Drouet

In your presence
I fell more in love with
the best of myself.
That was your gift. ~William Cummings

your nearness
takes my breath away.
And all the things I want to say can find no voice.
Then in silence, I can only hope,
My eyes will speak
my heart. ~Unknown

So it is with love in my heart that I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. 
Blessings to you and your loves.

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