The real meaning of Valentine’s Day! If you think that Valentine’s day is exclusively for lovers, think again. It is intended for the celebration of the affection of friends and relatives. It is to celebrate the many loves and friendships in our life. A way to commemorate the deep appreciation for those who make your life better, easier, and smoother. This is the perfect day to say Thank You and keep in mind all of those that important in your life.
This holiday was originally created to remember the life and Martyrdom of St. Valentine. The emperor believed that men who were single made much better soldiers and outlawed marriage. St. Valentine ignored the order and secretly continued to marry young couples. St. Valentine was arrested and put to death. Valentine’s day is the celebration of someone that followed his convictions, beliefs and paid the ultimate price. During the middle ages, lovers began exchanging flowers, cards, gifts and treats as way of expressing their affection for one another. Those traditions carried over as lovers send bouquets of flowers and chocolates to one another on Valentine’s day. In the business of our daily lives, we often forget to tell those special people how we feel. Sending them a caring note, gift, text or email is a wonderful what to say you are thinking of them on Valentine’s day. Mom/dad, brothers and sisters, friends, colleagues and co-workers have shared so many defining moments in our lives, – birthdays, graduations, weddings, special events.
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the deep affection you have for your people! The inner circle, your friends and family, not just for your significant other. Take the time to honor those that cheer your triumphs and lift your spirits when you struggle. While gifts of love are an important love language to some people, a phone call, text, or email recognition is welcomed by all.
Most of all, Valentine’s day is to honor yourself. How that Some people may not like Valentine’s day because of ended relationships, loneliness, or the misunderstanding that Valentine’s day is solely for lovers. Remember that you are worthy of liking yourself, accepting that YOU ARE ENOUGH. So, a couple of quick ideas about the martyrdom of St. Valentine. 1) Look around you and appreciate those who care about you, be thankful they are in your life. 2) It’s not always about cards, reach out to the special people in your life and thank them for being them. 3) Treat yourself on Valentine’s day. If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect or give love to others? 4) Enjoy your day by recognizing the affection for friends and relationships. 5) take five minutes to quietly reflect on all of the blessing of your life. 6) Do something nice for someone, a smile, a note, a card 7) call your friend/family that you haven’t talked to in a while. 8) Don’t feel sorry for yourself, be thankful for all of the good in your life.
That’s the true meaning of Valentine’s day. Live. Laugh. Love. Don’t just exist.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Dr Jason West
West Clinic Online