I've been thinking for most of the day about Valentine's Day, and the approach that our culture in America takes with regard to it. It seems that through commercialization and marketing, this day has become just another "purchasable holiday". However, this is not a cynical post. On the contrary, I want to suggest that we make the spirit of Valentine's Day a template for the rest of the days of the year. I watched Beach Walks with Rox #588 today. Rox talks about the "spirit of aloha" and points out that the word not only means hello and goodbye, but also I love you. She also talks about building harmony with others. If you haven't watched it yet, take a moment to do so, and then come back. I'll be here.
The episode made me think of a couple instances where the spirit of aloha shone through in the past day. This morning, I checked my e-mail and noticed that one of my Reef friends, Susan, had left a comment for me. I read it and felt really good. She had left a Valentine's wish for not only me, but also other members of the Reef. This is a great example of the spirit of aloha, and of how to share love and compassion with others. A simple kind word or a smile can make someone's day.
So what does this have to do with the holiday? Well, it exemplifies what we should be doing with the holiday. When we were in grade school, it was common to give Valentine's to all of our friends and classmates. As the years pass, we give less and less Valentine's wishes and soon are only sharing our love on that day with our romantic partners or closest friends. It's time we go back to the innocence of youth and share the love with all of our friends, coworkers, and colleagues.
Last night, I was hanging out with some friends, and after midnight, I gathered them all around and gave everyone a big hug and wished them a Happy Valentine's Day. There were smiles all around, and I feel that it increased our level of harmony with each other. It's too easy to take other people for granted, but we are all on this planet together, so why not keep the love of Valentine's day alive every day, and let people know that you appreciate them for who they are when you think of it.
Be well and Happy Valentine's Day.