– Wilferd Peterson
Every year I am baffled by the cynicism surrounding Valentine’s Day. So maybe the card companies and chocolate manufacturers are banking big coin this time of year, but really, so what? If a few chocolate hearts and love-professing cards are stimulating the economy (to the tune of $14 billion BTW), then so be it.
I have always adored Valentine’s Day, not necessarily for its romantic inclination, but because it celebrates love. And from where I sit, that means all kinds of love.
Anyone can have an abundance of love in their life if they open themselves up to the possibilities of where it can be found.
Why would we put limits on something as infinite as love?
Love can be experienced as many different feelings, from deep caring for another person to altruism, well-being, kindness and empathy. Really, why limit yourself to just one “type” of love? Love is one of those rare feelings that takes on a multitude of forms in our lives. Be it between a parent and child, siblings, cousins, best friends, husband and wife, or mentor and mentee.
I have celebrated many Valentine’s Days without a significant other, but rarely felt like I was missing out as I cherished all of the love that was already in my life. My husband may not appreciate this, but if you’re putting all your eggs in one love basket, you may end up with a bunch of cracked eggs.
So maybe it’s time to stop searching for or idealizing that one true love. Love is infinite, love is abundant.
And one thing I know for sure – the more you share, the more you get.
That said, Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you’ll enjoy a few words of wisdom when it comes to love. And I hope you’ll open yourself up to the possibilities that exist in your own life to let love in while you give it away.
Love is a gift, not a limitation.
– Elie Wiesel
“Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.”
– Samahria Lyte Kaufman
“Love is the key to life, and its influences are those that move the world.”
– Ralph Trine
“The mind determines what’s possible. The heart surpasses it.”
– Pilar Coolinta
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.”
– William Shakespeare