Monday, February 13, 2012

Celebrate Love

Hello Beautiful

Tomorrow we will commemorate Valentine’s day.  A day that most have strong feelings about.  Perhaps you are the romantic and cannot wait for the day’s activities to unfold.  Maybe you feel it is a capitalist holiday created by greeting card companies to make more money.  Or you could be amongst the “singles awareness day” crowd.  No matter where you are I feel as though we need to set a few things straight.

  1. Valentine’s Day is real.  It was created in the 5th century to commemorate a martyred saint.  A Martyr! Someone who laid down their life for something they believed in.  What a great expression of love.  This was well before capitalism was even conceptualized, much less the greeting card industry.
  2. Singles awareness day is everyday.  If it takes a special day to remind you that you are single… your singleness is probably not hurting you that much.
  3. If you are in a relationship and you are not planning on doing something, I would not want to be you tomorrow.  I do not care how much your significant other says they do not want anything.

Valentine’s day has always been a special day for me.  Rare have been the years that I have had someone with whom to share it.  Yet each year I still love it.  Some years my parents do something extra special to let me know they love me.  Another year it was dinner with a girlfriend.  Sometimes it was having dessert with my closest friends.  My plans for tomorrow are low key, but I’m really excited about them.

No matter what you should celebrate the day.  Denying its existence will not make it go away.  Every 52 weeks it will come back again.  Embrace this day as an expression of love.  I can think of nothing more beautiful than to show your love for another individual.  It does not always need to be romantic.  Christ gave so many examples of how we can express our love.  Take your widowed neighbor some flowers.  Make a nice dinner with five of your closest friends.  Call up your sister you have not spoken to in three years. 

No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, be sure that you let someone know that they matter to you.  Express your love because you are beautiful.

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