Love in All Its Forms

In case you haven’t heard, it’s Valentine’s Day. A day for hearts and flowers and chocolate and love — and half-naked guys flying around with arrows (which, to me, sounds more like an episode of “Law & Order: SVU” than it does romance).

Flowers

Flowers from Mr. B — every single stem picked out by him.

And, since I’m so clearly, madly, deeply in love, you’re probably expecting me to be all gushy-mushy, lovey-dovey. But I won’t. Because I am every day. Because every single day with Mr. B is one filled with love and appreciation, admiration and adoration. Because one day out of the year? For me it’s just another day to spread love and joy. It’s no better or worse than Jan. 19 or July 6 or Oct. 23.

Yes, it serves as a reminder on our calendars to not take those we love for granted — including ourselves, by the way. It can even give us special traditions and memories.

meatloaf

In my family, Valentine's Day was ALWAYS about the heart-shaped meatloaf. This year, it was my turn. Mr. B officially has been welcomed to the family tradition.

And it reminds us to appreciate the people — and things — that bring love into our lives. In that way, I’d like to invite you into my world and introduce you to the loves of my life — and the things I will celebrate today:

  1. Mr. B. Clearly no list would be complete without him. His love has changed my life.
  2. My family. Always there — for better or worse. And always, always in my heart.
  3. My “new family.” Turns out, when you fall deeply in love with someone, you gain a whole new family. It’s kinda awesome.
  4. My friends. I don’t have many, but the ones I do? Fantastic.
  5. My job. To quote Katharine Graham: “To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”
  6. My health. How can I not be in love with my active, healthy lifestyle? I will never take my health for granted again.
  7. My hobbies. Running, reading, writing. They make me happy. And I love them for all they’ve given me — and all of their potential.
  8. My strengths. There are some things I’m pretty good at, and that makes me proud. I know my strengths, and I try to use them for goodness. Because that’s how you grow love.
  9. My weaknesses. The areas I need to improve make me who I am, and they give me drive and direction. They move me along and make me better. And every time I conquer one? All. The. Love.
  10. Myself. Ohmigosh, I just admitted that I love myself. I do. No apologies. I’m smart; I’m funny; I’m beautiful; and I’m worthy of my own love.

Don’t let Valentine’s Day define how you feel about yourself, your partner or your relationship. Celebrate it, if you choose, as a way of remembering how truly blessed your life is — single, married or “other.” Or don’t celebrate, if you choose, because your life is full of love all year long.

We shouldn’t wait to do this once a year — we should celebrate love in all of its forms, all of the time. My suggestion? Pick some random days on your calendar. Circle them. And do something for your loved ones (and yourself) that day — it’ll mean even more. Because, guess what, roses and chocolate are available all year long. Just like love.

A Valentine's Day gift from my boss.

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7 responses to “Love in All Its Forms

  1. What a lovely post! I love you, everyday!

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  2. Great post which captures the essence of this day for me. And I am so glad to have found you and this record of a person who has made change happen! Congratulations, as that is never a small achievement!

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    • Thanks so much!

      I think a lot of people put so much pressure on Valentine’s Day that it gives it too much power over how they feel about themselves. Celebrating love is great — on Valentine’s Day AND the 364 other days of the year. (And Leap Year.)

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  3. Lorrie Warren

    Your Mom is right-this is a lovely post! I love you!

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  4. Deb Sexton

    Love this… and you! 🙂

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