Happy Valentine's Day!
Today is the day the flower shops become over-crowded, Hallmark makes a mint on greeting cards and men everywhere try not to panic for waiting to the last minute to buy something for their loved one. Women struggle with what to do as well. Sending cards to friends is expensive, treats for the kiddies is not really healthy or wise, yet candy companies keep pushing out the gaily wrapped packages and it's just too hard to resist. Then there's the adorable stuffed animals and the silky see-throughs. The hustle becomes over-whelming and one wonders if this is just a ploy to boost the economy! At the end of the day some want to collapse while others get dressed up for an evening out.
Whatever you choose to do, take a moment to relish the many blessings in your life. Don't fret over the bills or laundry or deadlines. Take a deep breath. Smile, relax, and acknowledge the love in your life. Love of friendship, love of family, love of that special someone. The many layers of love blend together like the pedals on a flower. The love in our life is a bouquet in itself. Breathe it in and enjoy.
How will you show your love this Valentine's?
My sweetie and I are leaving for a few days. We plan to stroll through the Auto show in Chicago, have dinner at an Italian restaurant and thank our lucky stars we didn't decide to take a cruise this year. The Carnival Cruise Line being towed back to Mobile has sewage issues and other hygiene problems to deal with. I feel awful for these folks who had planned a romantic get-away only to have to endure this hardship.
Hopefully the cruise line will make up for their nightmarish vacation.
So will you relax at home? Go out with friends or loved ones? Is Valentine's Day special for you or just another day?
Til next time ~
PS: I've been informed I misquoted last week. "Endeavor to persevere," is from the movie The Outlaw Jose Wales, not Jermiah Johnson! Geesh! How could I make such a blunder? Thanks for setting me straight!