Friday, February 14, 2014

To Be Loved On Valentines Day

On this day when everyone is stressing out about the plans they need to make, or the flowers they feel they must buy or the gifts they must give, can we stop and think about this in a different way.  Sure Valentines day is made for lovers and commercial business has made sure it is very well celebrated day.  However, I think we could argue that Valentines Day should be year around, and not just one moment of the year.

I'd like to take us further though on what Valentines Day is.  I think we could all agree that it is about love.  The more love you have in your heart, the more you wholeheartedly want to give it away to everyone you meet and to the universe around you including the earth and animals.  The unique part of love is that the more you give away, the more you will receive.

Love though, encompasses so much more than something between lovers.  Love is something that each one of us needs to practice with our self.  If we do not love our self, we have very little capacity to love one another.  Only by first loving our self, can we find the love within us to give away to all those we meet.  Without finding the love inside, we keep it locked away in a dark cave.

Love also extends to our earth in the form of how we treat the resources to which we have been given.  It includes the way in which we sustain our life on earth or we pollute it because of our own ignorance.  There are simple things we can do to love the earth and there are more profound things, but each one of us shows how much love for the earth we have every day.  If your love for the earth does not shine brightly, you may want to see what else you can do and take steps to make it happen.

Love is also for the animals and every living thing.  In fact, if you give love to every living thing in a pure form, you will get it back many times over.  If you abuse and harm and kill every living thing, you will get back the same in life.  A person that loves and honors animals is a person that has love in their life.  All one has to do is take a look at the animals close to a person and you will see the degree of love found in the life of that person.  Animals are a very good mirror reflecting exactly what they see and feel and pick up.

Love is made for all humans to treat one another with respect.  Whether you are straight, gay, black, white, short, tall or any other form, without respect for one another, we have not love.  Love does not mean we condemn and ridicule or bully others.  Love does not mean we lift ourselves up at the expense of others.  Love does not mean we point out all the faults we see in others as we look through the dirty lenses of our own life.  

Love is for everyone and love accepts each other.  Love sees the good in one another and offers a hand to help lift another person up to greater heights.  Love is not envious and love is not hurtful.  Love is there with open arms, waiting to give itself without wanting anything in return.  Love is action.  Loving is doing.

So today on Valentines Day, let us think about love in a renewed way.  Let us see the world through the eyes of respect, humility, and with open arms.  To be loved on Valentines Day is much more than a romantic love with another person.  It is first finding love within yourself, and then sharing it with everyone you meet.  It is not mere words.  It is action in progress.

Blog Post And Images (c) 2/14/14 by Don Shetterly

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