Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Should We Only Say "I Love You" on Valentine's Day?

Today is Valentine’s Day, and it is known to be the day for lovers to embrace each other and declare their undying love.

Wait a minute! Isn’t that what lovers are supposed to do EVERY day?

On Valentine’s Day, partners usually show their love by sending a card, offering a box of chocolates, showering a partner with jewelry or sharing a romantic interlude. Then, the next day, it seems to be okay to go back to complacency in the relationship.

There’s something wrong with that picture.

Giving gifts on Valentine’s Day (or just on other special occasions) does not give a partner a free pass for the rest of the year. In truth, the greatest gift a partner can give to his/her beloved is to be present in the relationship and shout “I love you” every day in both actions and words.

For those of you who are feeling alone on Valentine’s Day, take heart. It’s not a real holiday – only one perpetuated by the merchants who benefit most. Matter of fact, according to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines! No wonder, they conduct a massive advertising campaign.

This caption says it all. Make Valentine’s Day a non-event this year.

Now, I realize all the hoopla around the day by advertisers may remind you that you are without someone special.

I suggest you turn this thought around. In fact, you should feel sorry for those who are so intent on making Valentine’s Day such a big event and are crushed if they don't receive cards and presents.

To me, receiving gifts on Valentine’s Day just makes you part of the herd.

What’s more special is to live in love on the days when it is not dictated by society. Respect and a caring attitude always speak louder to me than candy and flowers.

And this attitude can be shared with more than a romantic partner.

So, if Valentine’s Day is be a day that touts love, let’s share those good feelings with our neighbors, our family and our friends. 

Spread the love and it will come right back at you!

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