Saturday, February 11, 2012

For the love of ...

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it only fitting to pay tribute to it.  Love..what more can be said about it? It comes in so many forms and can bring great joy or pain. We've done everything humanly possible to interpret it, convey it and celebrate it. Which brings us to Valentine's Day. There are many versions of its origination; it seems to be tracked as far back as 2,500 years.  Needless to say, Valentine's Day has evolved into a significant celebration in our modern world.  We've come to associate the day primarily to lovers and the expectation of romantic dinners, flowers, chocolates, jewellery and affirmations of love in a card or poem; any one or combination is acceptable. Now that demonstration of affection by no stretch has gone the way of the dinosaurs, but the thinking is certainly changing.  No more is it just for couples; it is a day to celebrate love in any relationship and anything goes! See, it's not the gesture of giving things but the expression of appreciation and love for those who are important in our lives. When we show our love, we show our vulnerability, and in that, we trust that not only will it be reciprocated, it will be handled with care.  If you stop and think about it, Valentine's is only one of the 365 days of the year that we celebrate love. The other 364 days albeit are not quite as expensive :) It's easy though to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, that we forget to remind those we love just what they mean to us. 

So on that note, if I may leave with you some great quotes that I find particularly inspiring,

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu

"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love." - Leo Tolstoy

"We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person
perfectly..." - Sam Keen

And to everyone, Happy Valentine's Day! May you give and receive love unconditionally.

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