Hello to you this day, where and when you are as you visit me here. It’s Valentines Day. Yesterday was my 50th birthday – almost a Valentines baby from what they tell me lol. The heart and what it means both physically and symbolically has always been important to me – what it is the heart does. It works every single day for our bodies to remind us we are alive….that is if we actually use it for more than just living. There is a difference between living and being alive. There are those who know what I mean. You see them all the time around you. Those people who laugh too loud, hug too hard, make jokes all the time to try to get you to smile or laugh, go out of their way to make you something you didn’t expect just because they care about you….earth angels.
Valentines Day, like many “Hallmark” holidays has become highly commercialized and one of the biggest things they try to sell us is chocolate. Well, in the past couple of years I have come to look at chocolate differently than I used to. What is the process to actually get the chocolate? Who farms the beans to make the chocolate? I found out some companies buy the beans, like for coffee, from people who are in the practice of slavery. Slavery of men, women and children for something that tastes so wonderful. I won’t belabor the point. If you research on your own, which I recommend, there is plenty of information about this: http://www.slavefreechocolate.org/
The commercialization of holidays is not just the corporations fault. It is ours too. Increasingly we are spending more time on acquiring things than appreciating what we already have. In the case of Valentines Day….the significant other we have married, live with, are dating….I hope…love.
Relationships are like a garden to me. If you don’t tend to them every single day, and a farmer or gardener will tell you this too, the garden will not do as well and eventually just become inedible “weeds” (I don’t consider all plants to be weeds, I love dandelions for example and eat them for medicinal purposes).
Every single day is the day to take the time for what is most important in this life, what you “love” the most (thank you Richard Gordon and Carol Lee of Quantum Touch Energy Healing). Don’t wait for holidays and special occasions to love. Showering those in your world with material possessions and distractions isn’t entirely the way to do that. Kyle and I “don’t do Valentines Day” not because we don’t appreciate the sentiment of the day, we have Valentines Day every day, birthdays every day, Christmas every day and certainly, my favorite, Thanksgiving every day. Every day we live is a gift and so are all those we are blessed to share this life with. God made the animals and God made us (lovely books at The Country Store I was looking at yesterday when we visited there).
My gift, for my birthday, was going to such a wonderful store run by people who love each other and bake bread and provide organic foods and just what you need. They don’t have a lot of things, they have good things there that are good for you. When I go in there I am overwhelmed in a positive way unlike most retail stores. My Grandma and Grandpa Schmidt used to visit the Mennonite people all the time to get flour and other things they needed especially during the times they were raising 6 boys and times were difficult. There can be such a thing as too many choices….too much. Make it well, make it last and above all treat those who make it how you would want to be treated….every day.