We traditionally celebrate Valentines Day by exchanging teddy bears, roses and heart shaped chocolates, but did you know the true meaning of Valentines Day is related to a pagan fertility festival and a young Christian martyr who chose die rather cease sharing his faith?
I’m sure glad that to day we have a happier view of this day and feel it’s a great time to focus on the human heart and its infinite capacity to love.
It’s also important to remember though, that while it’s an exciting day for love bitten couples to express themselves, there are many feeling sad and lonely.
Having been in that same position after a failed marriage a few years ago, I still have bittersweet memories of valentine’s days gone by, so today I like to be a little more inclusive and reflect on the importance of loving in general and the many blessings I have to be thankful for.
Although it’s fun and adds excitement, I no longer feel it’s necessary to fly around looking for that perfect overpriced gift. Instead I like to focus on gratitude for those who enrich my life, and even those from the past who have helped mold me into who I am today.
Although I celebrate the excitement of Valentines Day with my children by helping them make cards for their classmates, my personal needs are now much simpler.
I’d just as soon be kissed by the chocolaty mouth of one of my kids and receive meaningful hugs from my hubby and friends.
Since I’ve experienced more of life I realize the power of the human heart and its amazing capacity for love and how important it is to embrace.
I appreciate now more than every that love is one of Gods greatest free gifts and should be shared regardless of the day, romantically or not and even how beneficial it is to love even those who may not love you back.
If you are taking the time to pamper your significant other, I hope you are enjoying the day to the fullest.
If you find yourself feeling lonely today, perhaps this uplifting movie May You Be Blessed might give you the comfort you need to realize that though you may not feel it, you are loved beyond measure.
Regardless of your situation, it’s important to share and receive love each and every day. It’s the healthiest of emotions; it helps you grow when you need a boost, and picks you up when you’re feeling down and best of all its as good for your health as vitamins!
Though Valentines Day is a wonderful way to send sparks and share our love wouldn’t if be nice if we shared it with such vigour each and every day?
Remember love lasts, but true love lasts for ever as demonstrated by a young man who died for the love of his faith, yet still helps us celebrate today.
With that said, Happy Valentines Day to my parents, Peter and Pauline, my children Rosie and Joe, my significant other Johnny, my Prove It Posse, countless online friends, and of course my cherished offline friends both in the present and from the past.
Know you are loved and I am grateful you are in my life every single day. Happy Valentines Day to all.