Sometines we forget the difference betweeen symbols and substance when Valentine's Day rolls around. Spurred on the all the hearts, cupids, and lacy cards we see in the stores, we may unconsciously stake our self-esteem on whether or not we're remembered with a box of chocolates or a pretty bouguet. Of course we want to be and have sweetheart on this official feast day of love! *Sigh* *Sigh* osodih for me... Who wouldn't?
But that doesn't mean that those of us who are not romantically involved are either unloved or unlovable. Romantic tokens are flattering and fun - but tokens are not love itself. Many of the Valentine tokens being given today are inspired by a sense of obligation - Some are even given to reduce guilt or to show off. Love itself costs a lot more than long-stemmed roses or even diamonds.
Real love is measure out in steadiness, commitment, unselfishness over the long haul. It has to do with willingness and forgiveness and just plain fortitude. It means... being consistently mindful of someone else's welfare.
If we are engaged in such relationships, we are fortunate indeed, whether or not we have someone on hand today to tell us how wonderfull we are. It's love itself that's wonderful, not the tokens.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!