Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day.

I’ve always loved the holiday because it’s an excuse to focus a little more on love than we do on normal days.  I know that it has become way too commercialized and that we should love those around us everyday just the same.  But sometimes it’s nice to just have a little reminder to focus a little on those around us.  My husband and I have never really gone overboard on Valentine’s Day either.  It’s mostly cards and small reminders of our love for each other.  He usually sends flowers like he did today.  What girl doesn’t love receiving flowers?  This year he got a little creative and got me a potted rose plant.  I hope I don’t kill this beautiful gift with my lack of a green thumb and no natural light in my office (can’t take it home the cats would eat it).

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As I was driving today to go pick up his gift (I can’t tell you what I got him yet because he hasn’t received it yet) I heard a very interesting point on K-LOVE.  In order to receive love you have to give love.  I know a lot of people hate Valentine’s Day because they don’t have a special person on that day but the reality of it is that you don’t have to “be in a relationship” to give and receive love on Valentine’s Day.  Take a minute and do something nice for someone else today that may not have a special “Valentine” today or maybe someone who does and you just want to do something special.  It can be a friend, family member, coworker or teacher.  It could be the person in the check out line or your waitress at the restaurant.  The possibilities are endless to show love to someone today (or any day for that matter).  By giving love, you will receive it yourself.  Isn’t that the true meaning of Valentine’s Day anyway; to show others how much we love and appreciate them.

I can now edit this to add that my husband LOVED his chocolate covered strawberries that I got him from an awesome local natural candy shop, Sweet Pete’s.  You would think that after buying them for him each year for the past three years he would expect them but he didn’t 🙂

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