If you are among those that don’t appreciate Valentine’s Day it may be that you have been looking at it from the wrong angle. Participating in Valentine’s Day is important. It will enrich your life and the lives of the people around you, so please open your heart to why I believe Valentine’s Day matters.
Life moves so fast and as adults we have so many responsibilities burdening our plates that we can lose sight of what truly matters. Hint: It’s not the house, cars, furniture and toys. It is the people that make us laugh and hold our hands, the ones that hold us up when we’re about to fall and who put a happy rhythm in our hearts; the people who hold our secrets and share our burdens; the people who dance when we dance and sing when we sing; the people who pat us on the shoulder when we accomplish a goal and celebrate when we cross the finish line.
Life is hard and we cannot get through it alone. Valentine’s Day is scheduled on the calendar so that even the busiest of people can step out of their mundane routine and celebrate the blessed relationships they’ve been given. Every single person in our life who adds positivity is a gift. A gift that it is important and not one we should take for granted. Those that love us and give so much for us deserve to know how they make us feel while they’re still around for us to share their significance. Valentine’s Day is both a reminder and an opportunity.
Personally, I don’t focus on the day. I use the days leading up to and following February 14th as well. I reach out to the people who enrich my life. I tell them I appreciate them and love them and specifically why they matter to me, the difference they are making in my life experience. It enriches my experience with them. It makes me aware of how blessed I am in this life and it strengthens our connection. It is me taking one brief moment to honestly acknowledge all they do throughout the year that makes my life worth living.
Valentine’s Day is about gratitude and showing thanksgiving for the people who take it upon themselves to share their time, love, friendship and souls with us.
So please stop and take a moment today, who comes to mind. Who makes your world a better place? Now tell them.
Thank you for reading, you keep me writing and I have found writing to be very healing for me! Happy Valentine’s Day, Minions!
P.S. While editing this piece I felt my dad’s hand on my left shoulder. Thanks daddy for the Valentine’s Day gift of a visit. I miss you so!
The image above if a composition I put together. The wonderful photograph was taken by Josh Felise and acquired through Unsplash. It’s a great source for free photos under the Creative Commons Zero license, so check it out: Unsplash!
Love ‘n hate
love ‘n hate
from the same plate.
You nourish me
then take from me.
All I do
The future with,
the future without,
I cannot resolve
I’m tied in knots.
I walk on shells.
Love ‘n hate.
Love ‘n hate.
Why must I wait
to learn my fate?
This month’s challenge at Memee’s Poetry Parties is Love’n Hate. I cannot win and I do not vote. I do always participate. It’s a good exercise for me. Besides I love all of the amazing work that comes from each of you.
Memee’s Poetry Parties is open to poets of all ages and languages. Each entrant is allowed one poem per month. I encourage you to challenge your fellow bloggers and send your followers to read and vote for their favorite. The voting window opens on Thanksgiving Day and closes on the 30th so put the link to the punchbowl out on all your media platforms during that time.
So I belong to this #supersecret #society on #Facebook. It’s so secret they don’t even know I am there. Well anyway, there are these #twowomen who have #full-on, #double-breasted hashtag convos. And, I’m all like, “Hello! What’s this? It totally #openedmyeyes and #gotmymotorrunning! I’ve become the #tantalized #voyeur to their #matingdance. Or, more accurately, their #titillated #PeepingTom because, as I said, they don’t even know #Iamwatching!
I used to feel very #conflicted and #confused about #hashtags. I have #zerounderstanding for how they #function in #relationship to #oneanother. #Butt seeing these professionals #dishin it out like #foreplay I fell #inlove.
I still #dontgetit but at least I’m having a #ball with it.
So how about you? Love’m or Hate’m? Take the #HashtagPoll or give me the #dingdonglong or #supershort of it in the #comments #DownUnder. #ScratchMyItch, I’m ready to be #schooled!
My sweetest girl,
You were always there,
Sharing unconditional love,
Until the end,
Seventeen years is a long time,
But it surely feels like not enough,
I thank you for what you provided,
All that you did,
You helped me thru shallow times,
Always providing a guiding light,
My companion right by my side,
Laying with me each night,
Gentle goodness in your heart,
You and I are family forever,
Even in passing, that will never end.
I miss you,
I love you,
Feel no more pain,
Rest in sweet sleep,
Goodbye, my friend,
In the Elysian Fields,
I will see you again.
This morning, June 27, 2015, I laid my sweet little girl to rest.
I have had her for almost 17 years. She passed peacefully.
I miss her already.
This was a pretty typical morning for us as she was never pleased to have me leave the house.
My Love, I love
his love excites me.
I love My Love
his love uplifts me.
My Love, I love
his love strengthens me.
I love My Love
his love holds true.
My Love, I love
that I love you.
Eloise, a young amazing poet challenged me to write a poem of love in ten lines. And of course, being a challenge, I had to accept it… eventually. I say eventually because her challenge was issued four months ago. Won’t she be surprised when she sees this pop up on her feed!
And of course, there are “rules” and I know ya’ll know how I feel about rules by now! If you don’t know my philosophy on blogging rules just go to my Trophies and Awards page and choose a post!
So here are the rules, for those of you who must follow them:
Here are the rules of the challenge:
) Write about love using only 10 lines.
2) Use “love” in each line.
3) Each line can only be 4 words long.
4) Nominate others who are up for the challenge.
5) Let them know about the challenge.
6) Title the post, Love in Ten Lines.
7) Include a quote about love.
8) Tag the post ‘ten’.
And because I am familiar with so many wonderful poets, I will break my own, no nominations rule and nominate: