Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, as we know it, is about love, though its history sheds no light on that matter. I guess over time, things shift and transform- transcend- into what we make of it.

Most see it as a day about romantic love—and it is.

BUT it is also about friendly love and family love and love and kindness for a stranger. Love and tenderness for our pets, our children—those who mean the most to us.

Valentine's Day reminds me of loves long lost as well as the love I have. It gives me pause to contemplate the future and those precious happily-ever-afters I'm prone to write about. It's also about loving ourselves, which is something I think we all forget from time to time. Loving ourselves is just as important as love from other sources.

Many have their Valentine- someone who'll make this day extra special just by being in your life, but don't forget to make time to love yourself today, too.

Carve out a few moments to enjoy a book, or watch your favorite movie or television show. Listen to some guilty pleasure music. Take a bubble bath. Put on a little make-up.

Anything that gives YOU the love you deserve from YOU.

Happy Valentine's Day,

from one hopeless romantic to the masses—

Give love and it shall be returned!

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