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Love Makes The World Go Round, And Around, And Around
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Love Makes the World Go Round, And Around, And Around

And so it's that day of the year again that drives everyone either to the brink of insanity or tears (perhaps both if you're really clever). For big people and little people alike. No I'm not talking about Christmas or Easter but good, old, Valentine's Day.

It's considered to be equally the most commercialised and romantic day of the year. Most articles talk about the history, the extravagant cost of flowers, the should and should nots of the day. Yes we've heard it all before. Many either hate it, and secretly want to celebrate it; or love it, and feel guilty for being part of an apparent cliche. There seems to be no middle ground with such grand expectations in the air. How are we supposed to live in truth when we're being pushed to express our feelings with chocolate? On the other hand, if we wanted to eat our feelings, well chocolate would be rather handy!

I'm rather ambivalent to be honest. I've never had the big hoopla fantastic day, perhaps that makes me a cynic? Every Valentine's Day for me seems to end up in mixed feelings and of course tears. Oh yes, The Tears.

Perhaps you do choose to celebrate with a loved one, perhaps you get sent a pile of disposable, cheap Valentine's Day things or roses which will wilt and die within two days. Some of you brave souls even try to navigate through your partner's undisclosed expectations of the day; after all, there is nothing romantic about handing your significant other an instruction list of how to please you. Perhaps you choose to bypass this one day and "express your love every day". Which is fine, no really it is...

Except I think all of the above are complete and utter bullshit.

Love conquers many things: it conquers all. Love of self, love of family, love of friends. How often do we express our love and gratitude for not just the one special person in our life but all the special people in our lives? Not very often. This for me is what Valentine's Day is about. It's the one day a year where we remember who it is we love, why, and show them. Cherish is love in action, not a soppy statement. Why, if we all celebrated today (and I'm not talking chocolates, cards or going out to dinner, although those are very nice too) but in small ways, in many ways. Imagine how much better this one day would be. Like Christmas, we open up our homes to relatives and friends, we give to those in need... why shouldn't we share our hearts with one another?

Love actually IS. So today, let's pull up our socks and share the love around. We are here to experience and create joy in in life. So whether you're single, attached, happy or unhappy there is no such thing as too busy, not enough time or being unsure. Take the leap. Trust yourself in the present moment...

And make your own cards: Hallmark doesn't need the money!

Happy Valentine's Day.

Street Talk

Thanks for a great article Cassandra.

  about 9 years ago

Thanks Connie. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  about 9 years ago
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