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Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is than falling in love
in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
This poem, attributed to Pedro Arrupe, captures my feelings for Valentine's Day so well. i decided a long time ago that this holiday meant much more to me than whatever romantic feelings I had or didn't have.  Valentine's day for me is all about celebrating love, in all its various forms.  

The love of a newly married couple -- the love of an old married couple -- the complex love one feels for a family member with mental illness who won't seek treatment -- the love of a pet for its owner -- the love a parent feels for her brand new baby -- the love between two old friends -- the love we have for all the people we've lost -- the love felt for the first flower of spring -- the loving kindness one feels for humanity -- radical self love - the love I feel for ice cream -- the love a teacher feels for her students -- the love that leads people to dedicate their lives to making the world a better place -- love for nature and creation -- the love Martin Luther King talked about feeling for your enemies -- love for a favorite place (like Paris) -- love of chocolate and desserts -- the love a grandparent feels for a grandchild -- love of what you do...

Love is so complex and profound and beautiful.
I've been in love with so many people, places, and things.  There have been so many things that have seized my imagination, that have gotten me out of bed in the morning, that I've spent my evenings with, that I've read about, that's broken my heart, that's amazed me with joy and gratitude.  My heart is full of gratitude for all these things.  

Happy Valentine's Day!   Hope your day is filled with so much love.

What are you in love with today?  I have to give a special shout out to my hunky husband who planned an overnight trip for us and to our great friend who offered to keep our pups company for us.  

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