On Love and Valentines

If Valentine’s were only about romantic love, it would be a sad holiday indeed. After all, romantic love is so particular and unless you are married, so fleeting. If Valentine’s were only for kisses and romance, dates and roses, it would necessarily be full of pain, regret and loneliness. So today, instead of feeling those feelings or watching your friends and family feel them, do something different.

I prefer to think of Valentine’s as a day to celebrate all love—friendship love, family love, love for God, love for humankind. Having a whole day to celebrate an emotion and an action that brings people together and unites us in our humanity is an opportunity and a blessing.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love they neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you. Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 5:43-44

For if you love them that love you, what thank have ye?

Luke 6:32

Do something different this Valentine’s day. Try out love as an action. Change your perspective. Give someone the benefit of the doubt. “The greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgement.” (Sandra Rogers)

Be grateful for the love you’ve felt from others and from God. Don’t give in to the temptation to wallow in loneliness or hurt. Step outside yourself and you will feel more love than you thought possible.

Love is. . . the noblest attribute of the human soul. Love is the remedy for ailing families, ill communities, and sick nations. Love is a smile, a wave, a kind comment, and a compliment. Love is sacrifice, service, and selflessness.

Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Happy Valentine’s Day!

me, elsewhere on Valentine’s Day

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