Live Love Laugh Every Day – #Valentine’s Day

Not Just for Valentine’s Day

 

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Wishing all of you here a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

While some of us get caught up in the romance of Valentine’s Day, I’m reminding everyone here that Valentine’s Day can be much more than just a day for romance.

Let Your Heart

 

Valentine’s Day is a day to remind us to show some love to those dear to us, but love and kindness is something we should practice every day . . . and not just to our loved ones.

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If Valentine’s Day was acknowledged every day amongst one another, how much better could we make the world?

 

Don’t forget to love yourself. To give love freely, start first with yourself.

 

Don’t forget to love yourself – Soren Kierkegaard

 

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance – Oscar Wilde

 

You, yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection – Buddha

 

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives – Louise L. Hay

 

If your heart is a volacano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? – Khalil Gibran

 

Sharing Love

 

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years – Abraham Lincoln

 

We do not remember days, we remember moments – Cesare Parese

 

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them – Dalai Lama

 

If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs – John Clare

 

DGKaye©2016

Valentine’s Day – From: Me….To: You

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I remember when I was a child I used to love making Valentines cards for friends and loved ones and it was an even bigger thrill when I was taken to my local variety store and I was allowed to pick out a package of Valentine’s cards that I could write my personal messages on and give them to my school mates. These cards were packaged in sheets and there was an assortment to choose from with their various pictures and sayings. All of which had the traditional ‘To’ and ‘From’ pre-printed on the backs, leaving only the dotted lines to fill in who I chose to give them to.

 

I eagerly looked forward to carefully tearing them out of the pages along the perforated dots. I’d pile them in categories of who I was going to give them to in class – boys – girls – teachers. Then I’d happily begin writing the names of who each one was for. I never put ‘love’, always from.

As children, I don’t know if we see the real significance of Valentine’s Day, for me it was the fun of the arts and crafts of the holiday and the giving and receiving. But I also remember that if I had received fewer than I had given that it had somehow made me sad.

As I got older, the significance of the day sometimes made me sad. When I was single or newly broken up in a relationship, Valentine’s Day seemed to make those times more pronounced. A day which emphasized that I was alone. As I got older I began to realize the huge commercialization of this day. Yes, it was still lovely to give and receive cards but the over-hyped media of this day had begun to make some people feel like they were less worthy if they didn’t have a partner. I know that when I was a younger girl and dreamed of great romance, that I was caught up in the lust of desiring the romance that was supposed to be a part of the great day. Wasn’t every girl supposed to feel extra special and be wined and dined on this one day of love?

When I got married my husband always bought me a beautiful card and a present and flowers and took us out for dinner. After a few years had passed we noticed that we had to begin reserving a table well in advance, the price for dinner near doubled on that day and the food was never as good as it usually was. This became mostly due to busy kitchens, double seatings booked for dinners and many times the regular menus we initially chose the restaurants for, were altered into select menus giving us three or four choices only for that evening.

After a few years we decided that we would no longer go out on that night and do Valentine’s on the following Saturday night. Through the ensuing years, the presents diminished and as I had received so much throughout the year, I no longer felt that we had to spend money on something I didn’t need. I began my own routine of cooking a special dinner and a having a glass of wine with the meal, which we only normally indulge in when we have company.

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I still get flowers and we never stopped exchanging cards. No matter how the times change it is never out-dated to give a few lovely words to your significant other or anyone else you may want to remind how special they are.

Wishing you all a lovely Valentine’s Day.