Of all the “Hallmark holidays” I love Valentine’s Day the best.
It takes the “gratefulness” from Thanksgiving and adds in “all love, all the time.”
And rumor has it that sex may be part of the deal too…but this is a “G-Rated blog…”
I started writing this blog on February 14, 2014, in honor and memory of Marty Edelston (my friend and mentor) who passed away in October of 2013.
It is no accident that the man with the biggest heart in the world was born on February 14th…yes, Valentine’s Day is Marty’s birthday too.
So I kicked off this blog three years ago sharing a quote from my good friend Sean Stephenson, a psychotherapist, author and internationally known speaker:
“I love everyone because as soon as I don’t love you, you own me”
The lesson here is quite simple:
When we spend our energy NOT loving someone, we willingly hand over our power (and more than likely, our confidence) to them.
But if we work on eliminating the things in ourselves that keep us from loving others, what’s left is just love and gratefulness (and more confidence).
Although I am far from a student of religion, Sean’s quote is a modernization of something we should all practice in our lives…that is, “love your enemies”…wish them well…so you can move on to what is really important in your life which is your own happiness and well-being.
I know…old news…but how many of us spend more time and energy making others’ wrong, creating anger (and stress) while we ignore all the good stuff we could be focusing on?
Someone recently “quoted me” on Facebook with a quote that I did not author but it’s one I try to live by…and I hope it’s meaningful to you as you move through this Valentine’s Day, loving everyone.
The quote goes like this:
“The only consistent feature of all your dissatisfying relationships is you.”
Isn’t it funny that the people in our lives who have the longest lists of people who have wronged them, made their lives miserable and caused unhappiness for them, rarely come to the realization that they are the CEO of their life and that there is only one thing that is present in all of those relationships?
OK…enough on the lecture…Valentine’s Day is simply the best holiday…and I will close with one more quote which is the same one I closed with three years ago too.
From the great Stephen Stills:
“Love the one you’re with”
With love and gratitude (and wishing you an awesome “V-Day”),