Happy Valentines Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must be worth it…
The quote above is by Jeanette Winterson and is one I like for it speaks of not only loving another in whatever shape or form, which includes good friends and people you care about deeply, but ultimately it is about loving and cherishing the one who looks back at you when you look at a mirror.
There are many things that have been said about Love over time.
C. S. Lewis, who was a very wise man, in his book the The Four Loves:
There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
Quite profound I feel and true. You may as well be dead if your heart is closed off.
Another writer once said:
I simply want to tell you that somehow I can’t imagine life without you…
I love you, I want you, I need you unbearably… Your eyes — which shine so wonder-struck when, with your head thrown back, you tell something funny — your eyes, your voice, lips, your shoulders — so light, sunny…
You came into my life — not as one comes to visit … but as one comes to a kingdom where all the rivers have been waiting for your reflection, all the roads, for your steps.
So I leave you with this… Love yourself in ways you never have before and the rest will follow, as it surely will. It is my hope that you find love today and always.
Be kind to yourselves.