My friend, Carly Butler, curates a column called “Life’s Letters” for www.handwrittenwork.com. I submitted this piece to her about a letter that means the world to me…a letter from my mother my first year in college. I love the power of the internet to share words, connect with people, the ability to write so quickly and make edits from a keyboard…but I will say there is something powerful about a handwritten letter, note, or postcard. Bits and bytes, jpegs and PDFs…can’t replace the feel of paper in your hands, or convey the feelings evoked when you recognize your mother’s handwriting on a letter sent to you thirty years ago. Life is never an “either…or” it’s a “both…and.” Keep corresponding with others…electronically and in handwritten form…your friends and loved ones will be grateful for both. Here’s a link to the column, it’s worth clicking simply to see my Mum’s elegant, beautiful handwriting:
Love isn’t yours…it belongs to the world. This came to me in my meditation this morning, on Valentine’s Day. I have never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, probably because I never seem to have one. But what if love doesn’t really belong to you. What if it belongs to all of us. What if love isn’t solely meant to be shared between two individuals, what if it’s meant to be shared with all of us. What if your acts of love, your ways of showing love to your Valentine on this day, opens me to love, makes me feel love. What if every act of love every moment of love, heals us all…creates a ripple of love waves that can’t help but touch each of us. What if this day isn’t really about having a special someone…that one person you share love with on this day. What if this day is about each of us simply being love. Of showing up and giving love in all the places, in all the corners of our lives. Giving love in each moment, to all the people in our lives. What if our love was intended for all people everywhere.
So on this day of flowers, chocolates and Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards…none of which I will be receiving…I am simply going to show up in love. Be love. Not see love as something I am missing on this day meant for two, but as something that I have in so many beautiful forms, which surrounds each of us. That your love is my love, it’s our love…the world’s love. That love is love in whatever form it takes.
Today I am going to see the beautiful acts of love spilling over in the world…and on social media…as rays of sunshine we can all bask in. How does looking at Valentine’s Day from this way change your perception? Does it make you less likely to lay low and wish for the day to be over, if you don’t have that special someone? Does it make you realize that loving who you are, where you are, what you do and how you do it…is the kind of love we can all share on Valentine’s Day? Does it make you want to start a love revolution, where the entire world is your Valentine? Love is truly all around us…especially on this special day…Happy Valentine’s Day!