When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I try to avoid the drugstore.
Sometimes I just can’t muster the energy for hearts and roses. The candy is noxious (sorry, conversation hearts). The hot-pink stuffed bears are mildly disturbing. Worst of all, the chocolate is sub-par! That’s where I absolutely must draw the line. 🙂
Love is a wonderful thing, but the cellophane-wrapped declarations of adoration come nothing close to it. And this year, I give you complete permission to ditch the whole thing.
Love Yourself on Valentine’s Day – and Every Day!
Your closest relationships may be romantic, platonic, or non-existent. It doesn’t matter, and this holiday shouldn’t tell you otherwise! Wherever you fall on the relationship spectrum, my prayer for you is that you are rich in real love.
Real love grows in you, stabilizes you and takes root deep within your heart and your soul. That kind of love – for yourself, for humanity, for this astoundingly confusing world – will change your life for the better.
Nurturing this love in yourself is by far the most rewarding relationship you’ll ever have. You really do, as the saying goes, “reap what you sow.” The investment you make by growing love will only produce more love.
Still Overwhelmed by Teddy Bears?
Take hope this Valentine’s Day, even if you’re at the very beginning of the love journey. Breathe deeply through the day – and the day after that. And the day after that. Spend your energy and your time planting tiny, tiny seeds of love and watch over them carefully.
You have begun. And that is enough to make all the difference.
What is this faithful process of spirit and seed
that touches empty ground and
makes it rich again?
Its greater workings I cannot claim to understand.
I only know that in its care, what has seemed dead
is dead no longer.
what has seemed lost, is no longer lost,
that which some have claimed impossible,
is made clearly possible,
and what ground is fallow
is only resting–
resting and waiting for the blessed
seed to arrive on the wind
with all Godspeed.
And it will.
–Clarissa Pinkola Estes
How has love made a difference in your life? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below!