Very few days are globally recognized and celebrated as Valentine’s Day is.
Although it means different things to different people, many of the actions that build up to and/or characterize the day have far reaching implications on a great number of persons.
A few people engage in the debate as to whether the day is founded by a Saint or if it has its roots in pagan worship. Whatever stance you take, there is no use denying that the celebration of Valentine’s Day is a culture that has come to stay.
Some people believe that it is an awesome opportunity to show how much they truly treasure a loved one; some think that it is a poor excuse as love should be demonstrated every day. Nonetheless, many celebrate love and express it in the most meaningful way conceivable and possible to them. It is celebrated by people of all age groups. Even children in elementary schools are encouraged to buy gifts for their classmates. They look forward to this day with excitement too. Many charities seize the opportunity to give tangible aids to various causes on that day.
The celebration of that day has been commercialized as a good number of persons see it as a great opportunity to make monetary profit. Sales of many products hit the roof at Valentine. I would know, my fashion company – Doat & Claire was bombarded with several orders this season. (A good thing for my business, I must add).
Interestingly this year, Valentine’s Day coincides with Ash Wednesday (an important day in the Christian Calendar as it is the first day of Lent that occurs about 40 days before the Easter Celebration). Is it just coincidence or is the universe conspiring to remind us of the greatest gift of all? Hmmmm…..I wonder.
Unfortunately, I have lost some loved ones in the past few weeks leading up to Valentine. Like many, my major regret is that they never knew just how much they meant to me. It is not enough to treasure people in our hearts. We should communicate our thoughts to them every now and then. For when they’re gone, all we have left are memories.
A poor excuse it may be, but a reminder nevertheless, let us show love – Just Because.
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