…….February 14, 2015
For a few days now I have been thinking about February 14th. I did a little research on this day which can be described in one word….boring.
- In the big picture of life is it an important day to celebrate?
- It certainly isn’t a national holiday.
- There are two definitions for A Valentine.
- One: the object of love expressed.
- Two: the means by which that love is expressed.
In the routine of our lives we very quickly take others for granted.
- Our parents, mates, children, siblings, friends and other associates.
- Generally we are occupied with anything that has to do with ourselves.
- Believe me, I fight this battle too.
- It is the ingrained nature of all humans.
Something else many of us face is: hurry, hurry, hurry…busy, busy, busy…no time, no time, no time.
- But, really the message we are communicating is: me, me, me.
- Again, it is so easy to say: “life is all about me.”
- Today, celebrates putting yourself aside, and expressing to someone “life is all about you and you bring something special to mine.”
Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude for what we have.
- Valentine’s Day celebrates the people in our lives (definition one).
- As Ma Bell used to say “reach out and touch someone.”
- Whether you do something big or small, everyone likes to be appreciated.
- And, to know that they bring value to your life.
Each of us as children probably made homemade cards and gifts for our family and friends (definition two).
- Many of us have memories of dime store cards and small heart candies with messages on them.
- Now, commercialism has taken over from more simple times.
The adds we see today are designed to lure us into expressing our love by increasing their bottom line.
- This is not to say that spending big bucks is wrong.
- Which it isn’t, but to express the opinion that it isn’t necessary.
- One of my most favorite Valentine gifts was a book “Mrs. Ike” written by her granddaughter Susan Eisenhower.
- It’s an important treasure to me. I have reread it several times.
Make a phone call.
Send a card.
Write a note.
Go to dinner.
Buy that special gift.
Say thank you.
Use your imagination for the list is endless. One requirement though: your attitude must not be “I have to” but “because I want to.”
Why do we do this only on February the fourteenth?
- What’s wrong April, July, September or any other month?
- Some places in the USA, particularly the north east area, celebrate Sweetest Day on October the eighteenth.
- It’s basically Valentine’s Day in October.
BE “A VALENTINE” FOR YOUR VALENTINES.
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.