has a bad reputation. I understand…really I do. Every holiday in America has become almost unrecognizable due to commercialism.
And then there’s the whole exclusion issue…those who are not in some sort of relationship (whether it be a six year old giving a paper Valentine to a classmate in the school yard or an eighty year old rocking after dinner on the porch with her husband) feel left out.
Honestly though, I really don’t see a problem with Valentine’s Day…as long as one opens one’s mind and simply re-thinks it a bit. What in the world could be better than a day focusing on love? What human being is not improved by love?
And no—I am not talking about “romantic love” though that is certainly part of the equation. I am talking about love in general.
Love of Self… “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”~~~ Oscar Wilde-19th century Irish writer and poet.
Love of Family… “In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.”~~~ Eva Burrows-13th General of the Salvation Army.
Love of Friends… “A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.”~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson–American lecturer, essayist, and poet.
Love of Animals… “The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret…. It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”~~~ Albert Schweitzer–Franco-German theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in his 1952 Novel Peace Prize address, “The Problem of Peace in the World Today”
Love of Country… “Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.”~~~ Seneca-1st century Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist.
Love of Mother Nature… “Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”~~~ Standing Bear–Ponca Native American chief.
So let’s all Retake Valentine’s Day today. Let’s make it the holiday it should be. Let’s open our hearts and let the love out rather than simply frown upon another “greeting card” holiday. Show Hallmark that we know what “true love” really is…
True Love… “We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence and its only end.”~~~ Benjamin Disraeli -British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!