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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Positively My Valentine

by Mauverneen

      I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.  – Roy Croft
Isn't that a beautiful sentiment? I think that's what love should be. People bringing out the best in each other.

The Kiss - by Rodin
       Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love. For those who have a significant other it's a good day to be extra nice to that someone special, show a little extra love or appreciation, or treat them to something special. Sometimes we forget to do that in our daily lives, we get busy.
      And for those of us who are solo today - don't feel bad, or alone. Just think of the worst relationship you have ever been in and be thankful you're not there any more! And if you are lucky enough to have never been in a bad one - just look around - and be grateful.
         Valentine's Day may be for lovers but love comes in many sizes and shapes. There is love for parents, children, siblings, good friends, etc.

      “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” -Elbert Hubbard 

And you know what? We all deserve a little self love too. Don't feel bad about treating yourself to something once in a while.
      On my last trip to Sedona, AZ I took a little hike. Among the other people also out for a hike that morning was a man who daily sat out on a rock and played his flute. When he finished playing he looked around and picked someone to gift with a heart shaped rock. That day he picked me. He spends time shaping these rocks into hearts to give away - which he does every day. He said it was important for him to remind everyone he could that we are all connected and that we should all pass on love.  It's his way of spreading love and peace.
       "Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence'' - Eric Fromm

            Maybe today we spread some love. Maybe today or sometime this week we donate to something. Those red kettles and bell ringers aren't around all year, but the organizations are. Do I really need 5 coats? It might be a good time to pack up some of those nice clothes we never seem to wear and drop them off at a collection spot. Hand the guy with the homeless sign a bottle of water or a few dollars without being judgmental. Maybe he isn't homeless, or hungry; but maybe he is.

      For all of you out there who have someone you love, reach out and hug them. A good long heartfelt hug. For remember ... Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.- Franklin P. Jones 
      Happy Valentine's Day!

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