love

Post-Valentines Day Thoughts.

So I noticed yesterday an explosion on twitter and facebook of the most extreme thoughts and opinions about Valentines Day and on completely different sides of the spectrum. It really got me to thinking.

Everyone’s approach to such a high profile holiday has everything to do with our personal experiences. Some went all out and shared pictures and wished the world a happy Valentine’s day, and some said the most vile, bitter words that gave us a glimpse into the broken heart. Some were completely in the middle, but everyone had something to say about it. I wonder why.

All I can say is that as humans, we can really value, cherish, skew, distort, accept, deny, fail or succeed at and enjoy or hate love. Love is the most simple, but it’s the most intricate. It can be everything to us or nothing at all. We can allow it to have no limits or we can put it in a box of chocolates.

It’s just interesting. I’m gonna leave it at that for now.

My Valentines day was nice. Nothing special happened, but Abram and I did surprise Daniel at work with a giant cheesy card and a box of Ferrero Rocher’s. Daniel was kinda bummed because he never really knows what to do for Valentines Day, and the day before had been a disaster (as I previously posted) so he didn’t have the time he thought he would to work on something. When I picked him up from work last night, he handed me some crumpled up papers and told me to read it.

In a nutshell, he told me how much he appreciates me and how I make his life better.

It was better than any balloon, card, candy, stuffed animal, fancy dinner or the most creative and original scheme.

Those things are awesome, but sometimes you just need a child-like note from your favorite person in the world telling you how much they love you.

The Way We Treat Each Other.

Before I get into anything, I have to tell you what I had for breakfast this morning because it was DUHLOOSHUS.

Toasted Ezekiel bread topped with organic raspberry jam, a few sprinkles of goat cheese and an over-medium egg. Whew, it was so good.

Ok so in light of the presidential election year and the political “thickness” in the air, I want to share with you a post that I wrote a while back on my tumblr. Facebook, twitter and other forms of social media are really heating up. I’m seeing a frightening increase in harmful words, thoughts and actions simply because people don’t agree over who is a better candidate. True colors are really starting to show, but as awful as it is to look at, I believe it’s a good thing. I’d rather see filthy rags than white washed tombs. As the year trudges on, read this as a reminder that love is our greatest, most humbling and life saving tool.

If we have everything in common, then naturally you are as valuable as I.

But…

If you don’t listen to the same music I listen to, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you don’t wear the same type of clothes I wear, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you speak differently than I speak, then you are still as valuable as I.

If your hobbies are not my hobbies, then you are still as valuable as I.

If your friends aren’t my friends, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you are interested in things that don’t interest me, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you go to places that I wouldn’t go to, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you make choices that I wouldn’t make, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you watch things that I don’t like to watch, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you think things that I wouldn’t think, then you are still as valuable as I.

If I’m a conservative and you are a liberal, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you believe in something that I don’t believe in, then you are still as valuable as I.

If you have absolutely nothing in common with me, then you are still as valuable as I.

No matter how different we are, you are still as valuable as I.

Perhaps if we stopped looking at how much someone is not like us and instead looked at them the way our Creator does, the world around us would look much different.