I’ve always felt conflicted about Valentine’s Day.
It seems short sighted to focus on one day being THE day to shower your partner with gifts and symbols of romance. It makes more sense to me to be generous with your love every day and in many ways.
I also feel like we are super limited in how we perceive love.
Did you know that in the Persian language there are 80 words for love?
In Sanskrit there are 96 words and in Greek there are 7.
Sadly, in English we only have 1 word for love.
Thus, it isn’t surprising that love means different things to just about everyone.
Love is one of those things that when you see it or feel it, you just know it.
Love is also much more than just a feeling. It’s a choice, a behavior, and an action.
And like food, air, and water, I believe love is essential to life.
Today I am sharing with you three very short takes on love that I think sum up some of the many ways love shows up.
“You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So, I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.” ~Rumi
“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive?
Love is everything it’s cracked up to be.
That’s why people are so cynical about it.
It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” ~Erica Jong
“A soulmate isn’t someone who completes you. No, a soulmate is someone who inspires you to complete yourself. A soulmate is someone who loves you with so much conviction, and so much here, that it is nearly impossible to doubt just how capable you are of becoming exactly who you have always wanted to be.” ~Bianca Sparacino
On this Valentine’s Day share your love with yourself, your partner, your friends, family and pets and take time to be grateful for all the love you currently have.
Wishing you love, laughter and magical kisses,