What's to Hate About the Holiday of Love? Pt. 2 - The Appreciation

Read Part 1 - The Realization ( h e r e )

 

It's true, Valentines Day is only going to be a bad day if we let it.

It's all perspective. It's all attention. It's all our energy. 

We are SOUL-ly in charge of making the conscious decision for ourselves.

 

So, what is your perspective?

 

From the time I was a little girl in primary school I was ecstatic about the holiday. 

I loved getting dressed up in a special outfit, of course Pink or Red, preferably with lots of sparkles or hearts on it. I had my valentines day cards picked out, with matching stickers, and candy to pass out to my 30 some other classmates. And of course I expected to get cards and candy back from each and every one of my classmates in return. In my mind the amount of cards I came home with was what the day was all about. 

 

As I grew older, I cared less and less about hearts, and cards, and candy - I even lost interest in my crushes and that perfect dates I'd imagine they'd take me on... I started to realize that these were all temporary and never quite made me feel complete. 

 

At the time I had no idea,

but I was on a path of Self Love. 

 

All I knew was that relying on an external source of love was not fulfilling. I did not crave it. I did not need it. I was not seeking a love from others, I was seeking a love from myself. 

 

I am still on this path of Self Love. 

 

I am still learning. 

I am still listening.

I am still loving. 

 

It was over these years I realized

 

You can not truly love another until you learn to love yourself. 

You can not truly love another until you learn to love yourself. 

You can not truly love another until you learn to love yourself. 

 

Rumi, an Islamic writer, poet, and scholar once said, "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

 

So, why do so many of us seem to love to hate a holiday focused on love?

 

We have built up these barriers, brick walls, and barricades to protect us from the rawness, realness, and risky business of being "in love" without actually understanding what it means to be "love". 

 

In my childhood years, I was seeking love in material possessions. 

In my teenage years I was seeking love in possession of others. 

In my young adult years I was seeking love in possession of myself. 

 

I no longer seek, because I realized that

I AM.

 

I AM LOVE.

 

Just let go, and let be.

 

I always have been, I always will be.

you always have been, you always will be. 

 

So before you let this Valentines Day bring up insecurities, doubt, and worries...

 

Remember that vulnerability is beautiful. 

Remember that there is so much love around you.

Remember that this love is around you all the time, not just one day a year. 

Remember that you can only recognize this love around you because it is within you. 

 

So Valentines Day is only going to be a bad day if we let it.

 

It's the holiday of love.

 

Cultivate, share, and spread 

that love.

 

BE.THAT.LOVE. 

 

~T. 

 

 

 

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