Some people argue that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. I see that commercialism side to it but this year I want to focus on it as a day of awareness of the most important of human qualities- our ability to love. As I age I see that this is the only thing that matters. Really.
Below is an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Peace Is Every Day.
“The meditation on love is not just sitting still and visualizing that our love will spread out into space like waves of sound or light. Sound and light have the ability to penetrate everywhere, and love and compassion can do the same. It is in the midst of our daily life and in our actual contact with others that we can know whether our mind of love is really present. The source of love is deep in us, and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, or one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring him or her joy. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. If love is in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.”
One thought, one word. I will look for my opportunity to genuinely show another my deepest love. I won’t purchase anything for anyone this year, but instead give this simple gift. I hope you do too.