Thursday, May 31, 2018


A few years ago, I remember someone saying that she wasn't going to celebrate Valentine's Day because she didn't have a date. I remember thinking, how sad that was, especially given the possible origin and true meaning of Valentine's Day. I wanted to tell her that you can celebrate Thanksgiving even if you don't have a turkey, so why not still celebrate Valentine's Day even if you don't have a date.

While there are several versions of how Valentine's Day came to be, two that linger are people were that were martyred and courtly/romantic love. Whatever the true origin, today's version include candy, flowers, cards, calls, expressions of love and all of the guilt and stress to accompany each greeting.

Somehow we've lost the true meaning of Valentine's Day. Candy and flowers are nice, but wouldn't it be great if we shared a word of kindness to someone we're not romantically involved with? Even better, wouldn't it be wonderful if we shared the kindness on more than just one day, February 14th?

This Valentine's Day, try something different. Share a smile or kind word on February 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, you get the picture.

Happy Valentine's Day - pay it forward.

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