I am so appreciative that Valentine’s Day falls where it does in the year. The “BIG” holidays are behind us; we have once again survived. January hits, and everyone is on the quest to move ahead and start the New Year right. For many, New Year’s resolutions are made and embarked upon. By the time Valentine’s Day arrives, we are sick of winter and many of our resolutions have fallen by the wayside. We need SOMETHING! Right on schedule, in come the hearts, flowers, candy, and hope. Timing couldn’t be any better. Hmmm…do you think the holiday gods planned it this way?

One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is watching the little kids. We see them at the store, agonizing over which valentines they are going to hand out at school. Remember those days? “I wonder if Billy will give me a special valentine! Should I give him a special valentine?” Then we either took the plunge and chose the best valentine we had…or we chickened out and gave him one of the ordinary ones. My best guess? Billy didn’t notice either way! His mom most likely picked out his valentines, wrote the recipients’ names on the envelopes, and made sure everyone got one (don’t want anyone to feel left out!). But wasn’t it fun imagining that Billy, who we had the hugest crush on in fourth grade, thought about it?

The concept of love is something that hits us in the face every single day. Listen to the radio, and most songs are about love. Movies? Even the comedies throw in a romantic interest. Facebook? Oh, let’s not even go there! Love is an amazing thing to have in our lives. What I have come to realize is that ALL love is vital to our well-being. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual love. Parent/child love. Family love. Friend love. And, of course, romantic love. I feel so blessed because I have experienced all of these in my life.

Valentine’s Day should be a celebration of all these kinds of love. It’s a day to appreciate all of those in our lives who make us smile, make us laugh, help us grow, help us learn, and help make us and our lives better. The Beatles had it right: “All you need is love.” Love gets us through the tough times and makes the great times that much better.

I hope all of you have a very special Valentine’s Day this year. Take a moment and tell all of those you love how important they are to you. Go splurge on extra special valentines for everyone this year!

Positive Thought of the Month

“This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.” —Aberjhani, from “Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love”


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