What a beautiful day to be reminded of love.
As with all things, your opinion of Valentine's Day may have its ebbs and flows. Perhaps one year, when you're head-over-heels in love, you find it the best holiday ever. Perhaps another year, freshly divorced, trying to find your two feet again, you find it appalling and too close for comfort.
One disappointing view of this holiday is that it's solely for significant others and kids. There's a big gap for adults that have many loves in their life. We all have those gal pals (hence Galentine's Day), besties for the resties, your parents, siblings, and the person we tend to think about last—yourself. With the rise of busyness, let's be glad that Valentine's Day has been dedicated to remind us to LOVE. Period.
Love is all you need.
Love, along with many other human emotions, is becoming an emotion that we aren't sure how to express. We tend to get wrapped up in our own world and only expect it from others. But as the age old saying goes, "you can only get what you're willing to give."
Love is a vulnerable thing. I get that. But when you're willing to give and receive it, you become whole. You're reminded that you're enough, because someone (kids, parents, etc) accepts you as you are. You remind others that they are enough, because you accept them as they are. You feel appreciated for the work you do rather than continuously trying to reach an imagined expectation. Others feel appreciated because you said, "It's okay, I'm just happy that you're here." You give without an expectation to receive. You receive and let go of trying to balance the scale.
This, in my opinion, is love. It's not flowers, valentines, and chocolate. It's quality time, words of acceptance, and doing for others (with no expectation of something in return).
So today, take a chance and move into the abundance of love. Let today be the start of getting back to the one thing that will make you whole.
"Love is the ability and willingness to let those you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you."
Justina and The Ignite Team