Valentine’s Day has just passed and for many people love is in the air. For others it was just another day. Some people really dislike the holiday claiming it is too commercial. I happen to like Valentine’s Day. Yes, it is too commercial, but so are most of our holidays. Thanksgiving tops the list for me. Instead of enjoying quality time with our loved ones and focusing on what we are thankful for many of us are shoveling in tremendous amounts of food and cutting the day short to get to bed so we can wake up at 2 am to get in line for an early bird special on Black Friday. Despite the commercialism of Valentine’s Day I like the concept behind it. Why not take a day to show some love? We may say I love you but really, how often do we SHOW others that we love them? We are busy working, taking care of our families, and pursuing our interests and often don’t have time or make time to do something special.
Most emphasis for Valentine’s Day is put on Romantic love. That is not the only type of love that I am talking about. I am all for showing your significant other how you feel. But there are other loving relationships that are just as important and over looked just as often. I’m talking about love between a parent and child, between friends, between siblings and other family and even love for yourself. That’s right, you are special too and should show yourself some love as well. To be clear, when I say show love, I am not talking about going out and buying someone a gift although that is fine if that is what’s in your heart (I love both giving and receiving gifts :-0 ) I’m simply talking about doing something nice for someone else or even yourself.
All this is to say that the intent behind Valentine’s Day is beautiful. However, the spirit is lost due to commercialization and the focus on only romantic love, turning what should be a pleasant day into something negative for those fed up with the commercialization, not in relationship, or who may have recently lost their significant other. So let’s broaden our focus a bit. We all have someone to love (friends, family, and even pets). And don’t forget to love yourself. That’s what my quest for Joy is really all about. Loving myself enough to look for happiness and realizing that a happier me puts me in a better place to Love others.
I Love you all.
P.S. God Loves You Too.