I’ve never been one for Valentine’s Day. To me, it’s just another day fabricated by commercialism to sell more; sell more cards, candy, gifts and pressure. To me, romanticism comes more spontaneously throughout the year. Someone once said to me that each morning when he wakes up he says, “O.K. God, surprise me!”
Although each day brings new challenges, there is one thing it won’t bring – perfection. Today, I can expect a mixed bag of experiences with a wide range of emotions to match. I found this quote today, and would like to share it with you:
Every forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind– John Spalding
If we’re feeling discouraged or negative about our life, one way to cultivate an attitude of gratitude is to look back and see how far we’ve come. Remember, we seek progress, not perfection. There is always something to be grateful for, including the ability to find something to be grateful for.
When life is so bad that I want to cry, I’ll try laughing instead.
This is a poem written by my partner Christopher for me and given to me on Valentine’s Day, 2006:
To Thine Own Self Be True
My Husband Mark:
A Dream Come True!
I’m Writing This Just for you.
You’re the bomb,
Now don’t you laugh!
You are the epitome of a perfect half.
Even though we had just 2 dates,
I knew that moment we had walked our fate.
Breathtaking eyes that mesmerize,
My heart beats rhythmically
Echoing your name.
Hoping yours is doing the same.
If heaven exists, then I know this:
You are an angel, heard on high,
Throughout every mountainside,
Let it be known beyond this realm,
That Mark is my man!
Honest and True,
Who woulda’ knew…
That I would live to the day,
When I was able to give my heart away?
So if you see fit,
And we both agree,
There is no other lover to come in between.
We stand by each side together on this ride.
And please, give me the honor;
Cupid has checked his list,
And he encourages this:
Be My Valentine!
You will be in bliss,
As I seal the deal with a kiss!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Baby XOXO