Only Valentine's Day Love
Is love only recognized on Valentines Day? Read our thoughts on how love should be celebrated through out the year.
Only Valentine's Day Love
Author: Byron Pulsifer, ©2012
If you are in the month of February, there comes a day celebrated for love and that day is Valentine's Day. If you are waiting for this day to come around so that you can show your love, you are missing a part of life that should be valued for more than once yearly.
The expression of love to another is not reserved for a single day or for a special event or occasion like an anniversary for a birthday. The celebration of love is more about how you live each day with the one you love and care for.
In the course of a lifetime, it is the accumulation of all the little things that express that love whether that is verbally or with actions. The celebration of love does not have to wait for the end of day, or until you arrive home from work. Sometimes, it may just be a spontaneous telephone call, or a little note slipped under their pillow as you quietly leave for work before the other arises.
I am cause I am always by your side."
Celine Dion from The Power of Love
Love has many components and every component contributes to the whole. It is not that love should be subdivided into tiny morsels but is more that love goes well beyond simply being around someone else. It involves respect, consideration, going out of your way to do something that is not normally called for or expected, it is those times when you take the other's hand as you walk to the grocery store, or that little hug as you greet new friends.
It also involves the willingness to compromise, to give in when you really know that it doesn't really matter in the long run, or that you arrange for a special dinner or that you provide the warmth and understanding that is needed at times of frustration, sorrow or pain. It is the sharing of all things that indicate that love is about a partnership where no one is better than the other, or more respected than the other. It means that you demonstrate caring not just for the eyes of others when they look but that caring is the way you are just because you care all the time.
Wisdom from Robert A. Heinlein
For each of us, there is a need to be appreciated and cared for. And this caring can and must come as a normal event not just as a once and awhile activity.
One of the easiest ways to think about the sharing and giving of love is to think in terms of a well. If your well is loosing water all the time without any water being added, soon it will be dry. In a similar fashion, emotional well-being needs to have a well full of caring and love. This well can be topped up constantly with little behaviors that demonstrate both love and caring. And, these little things do not have to be significant in the sense that they are unusual behaviors but are instead thoughtful behaviors. For example, little things like getting another a pot of tea or coffee without them asking, or doing the dishes for another before they get a chance to, or holding their hand on the way to the grocery store. All these little kind and caring gestures are recognized not because you necessarily have to but because you want to.
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