On Valentines Day, a little food for thought…

On Valentines day, I have fond memories of making or buying cards and sending them anonymously to a boyfriend, someone I may have had a crush on or even a friend for a joke.  My best ever Valentine’s Day was when I was aged about 20 working on a building site and I must say it was my record number of flowers and cards most anonymous which arrived throughout the day.  A great ego boost in my younger days;  but none from my mum, grannie, or brothers and sisters…so why now?  I am a great romantic and see nothing wrong in sending or receiving a card, but the extent of which commercialism has twisted this day I believe is putting yet another pressure on our mental health…

Last night a single friend of mine was doing his shopping in Tesco and as he passed all the valentines cards, chocolates, gifts and flowers which can be a bit deflating.  It triggered him to remember the homeless guy and the dog outside and put himself in his shoes.  Quite spontaneously he bought a couple of pouches of dog food and snuck a tenner in between.  The guy ran after him and was very grateful.  When I heard this it made me so incredibly proud of my friend for his random act of compassion for a fellow human being. In the hype of all the Valentines Day commercialism it makes one think what love is all about and yes kindness is love.  Instead of feeling sorry for himself he decided to put love out into the world.. There is no limit to how much love you can put out into this world if you choose to…  So today, perhaps smile at someone or even make a random act of kindness, as Im sure it can be an isolating day for some who may have lost love ones or are alone or for many other reasons… Perhaps if you can’t today, do it tomorrow or the next day instead…

Did you know that St Valentine was killed for supporting Love?