So I’ve been thinking . . . about love. What else? No way of avoiding it with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. And as much as I want to pooh-pooh this day (because every day should be Valentine’s Day), I can’t and won’t anymore.
Yep, I’m coming out: I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I admit it. I am a big sucker for it. I am a hopeless romantic and a hopeful lover of love. I believe in love.
Before you get all, “but I don’t have anyone” whiny, stop. When I talk about love, I’m not talking about just romantic love between two partners. I’m talking LOVE—love for your family, your friends, a moment, a partner, a pet, a cause, you name it. Love comes in all shapes and sizes and forms. When we open our eyes and hearts to love, it’s everywhere in any given moment.
And, yes, we all want to love and be loved. Trust me, you are. Even in the lowest points of my love life (or lack of), I still believed in love. In fact, I believed in it more than ever because I saw it all around me—from my best friend who lovingly packed my suitcase for me when my father died (and I was in a state of shock) to seeing a young woman laughing and playing with her dog so lovingly to my door person who surprised me with a 49ers bracelet because he knew how much I love the team.
Valentine’s Day is about LOVE. So please don’t pooh-pooh it. Celebrate it because you celebrate love. Celebrate it because of the moments—and people—that matter. Let those in your life know that you love them. Today . . . And every day.
And another thing (or two or five) . . .
- A great reminder of what to be thankful for and of what we have in our lives. Not a bad way to think about Valentine’s Day.
- One of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
- Great Valentine gift ideas. Definitely don’t want #12 but #15 is so sweet and thoughtful.
- Some caring Super Bowl ads that actually make you think.
- But the best Super Bowl ad of all. I want to go to Ryanville!
I’ve been reading . . . All the Light We Cannot See still. I’m more than halfway through it and it’s really good. I wondered whether it would live up to the hype, and so far, yes! Also still reading Istanbul and getting ready to crack open 44 Turkish Fairy Tales.
I’ve been watching . . . nothing really. No movies this week, no regular television shows, just the Super Bowl. (A disappointment all around.)
I’ve been listening to . . . jazz. I have a soft jazz playlist that I keep playing over and over while I’m working. Miles Davis “Blue in Green,” Stan Getz “Misty,” John Coltrane “Stardust,” and Duke Ellington “Haupe” are just some of my favorites.
Have a wonderful weekend!
(Heart with “love” image created by Ela Aktay on Retype.)