February 14, 2021
Good morning friends. Happy Valentine’s Day! I wish you a bright and beautiful day. Today provides a fabulous opportunity to honor your “significant other.” Don’t allow advertisers to fool you into believing this occasion is limited to couples. Some businesses like to emphasize that aspect to increase sales. Marketing agendas invade many simple holiday celebrations. They create commercial money making schemes to sell cards, flowers, candy, gifts or dining out experiences. This isn’t what holidays were meant to represent, but right now it’s good for businesses that are hurting during these crazy days. I realize today might be considered more fun if you’re in a “couples” relationship. For me, this day represents the joy of life, while celebrating my family and friends. I’ve shared some wonderful memories over the course of my life. I’ve also been alone or at work for many of these days too. Holidays have the ability to dampen spirits or depress attitudes, especially for those of us that are single. Some people may be separated from partners, while others may have lost their loved ones to death. Remember, you are never alone. Be happy and in love with you. You’re in control, so don’t let depression or anxiety influence your mind or behavior. I make today all about being thankful for the many gifts and blessings I enjoy. I celebrate my daughter, sister, mom, family, friends and life. My heart is filled with gratitude.
I was one of those individuals who thought today was only about couples. It took many years of struggling, maturing and educating myself about what’s really important in life. Showing the special individuals in our life that we love and care for them is what makes living exciting. Giving flowers, cards or gifts is nice and appreciated, but saying, “I Love You” is a heartfelt tribute. Physical items can be fun or help represent our feelings. Showing them with actions and deeds is an incredible gift as well. We all utilize various methods to show or express our love and emotions. You might enjoy giving gifts or doing kind acts. Spending quality time together is always nice. Physical touch; such as hugs, kisses or holding hands is an amazing conductor of energy and emotion. Communication and telling someone how you feel is always best. I believe it’s more impressive to tell the special people how and why you love them. Don’t ever be fearful to communicate your feelings with the exceptional people in your life. Being close to others and sharing love is all part of being human.
Since the inception of humankind, couples have come together to live united and propagate the earth. Today is not much different; other than the advancements in technology and social skills. Maintaining strong relationships takes work and constant maintenance to achieve success and longevity. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a loving couple, family, friendship or business arrangement. We must nurture and care for that union to ensure it develops and grows. Honesty, trust, loyalty and communication are few ingredients that make them last. Relationships should be a cooperative effort. If you are truly vested with your partner, you are equals when it comes to care and love. Two individuals join together to achieve specific goals and enjoy their dreams. You enhance each other through mutual respect, admiration and understanding. Every person wants to be successful. Couples (or partners), help push, motivate, console and share everything life offers. Together we conquer the bad and relish in the good. We share our dreams, passions and goals; both independently and together. We work as one to set new aspirations, while always supporting each other in the pursuit of their desires.
In order to have great things in life, it takes work. When you put forth true effort and continual care for a shared vision you will achieve fabulous results. If you sit by idly expecting everything to be okay, or just work itself out when issues arise, doom typically awaits. We’re human and live on a planet spinning around the sun in a vast universe. Yes, there may be turbulent times. There are many aspects of life beyond our control. Communication (open and honest), helps keep life in order. Don’t hesitate to share your feelings, thoughts, likes and dislikes. If you withhold any of these, it can create potential misunderstandings, hurt feelings or worse. The best solution is to talk about everything. The real joy of an amazing relationship is knowing opposite ideas do not mean you no longer care or share love for your partner. The balance of love is in how couples share, communicate and resolve their differences. My parents were married 65 years, before my Dad passed away. I’ve had aunts, uncles and cousins who were married just as long. I have friends that share amazing relationships. I’m sure they all have moments of disorder. I know my parents had theirs. They were always willing and able to resolve anything thrown across their path. All of these individuals share similar traits when it comes to maintaining a great relationship. They don’t take things personally. All these wonderful people share commitment, understanding, respect and love for each other. It’s a true bond. I envy the dedication and love these couples share. I aspire to reach that level of joy with a partner someday. There are many amazing and wonderful individuals in this world. We all strive for success, appreciation and love. Begin with self-love and let it grow outward. You’ll be amazed at what transpires with your friendships and relationships.
On this Valentine’s Day, consider how fortunate you are to live in America. Free nations across the planet share so many wonderful privileges and rights. Dreams come in a variety of visions and colors. Do you ever dream that you’re strong, confident and achieving everything you want? Our dreams can be as big as the universe. I recall staring at the stars when I was a kid. On warm summer nights I’d lay in our backyard and star gaze. Dreams do come true. If you can dream it, you can live it. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. You are your only limitation. Start living life and enjoy every moment! Your happiness and success are completely up to you! Even with all the craziness, political madness and virus fears, we should be grateful and happy each day. Success is simple; believe in yourself, then believe in your partner.
Singles and couples, just enjoy life! If you’re stuck in wintery weather, then stay safe and warm. Take time to talk with your partner, kids, siblings, parents, family and friends. Share your feelings, thoughts and let them know you love them. Life is a gift. Time flies by at a blazing speed. Don’t waste a moment worrying about the small things or events out of your control. Humans are social creatures, so don’t sequester yourself due to fear or anxiety. If nothing else, step out into the world, breathe and enjoy some time in nature. It can be incredible medicine; for your mind, body and spirit. Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!