While the jury is still out whether Valentine’s Day is just a marketing scheme, or whether it is, in fact, a non-statutory holiday which recognizes St. Valentine, a Christian martyr. Either way, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter. If there was ever more evidence needed that the world could do with a bit more love, then this article featured today on Canada MSN should sway your opinion to the positive:
If war-torn Iran can set aside its more conservative beliefs for a day in favour of embracing a day which promotes love between people and quite possibly the world surrounding those people, then what’s wrong with that? How would that be a bad thing? If a few merchants make a few bucks cashing in, then so what?
The point is not whether it is a manufactured holiday and as such, no holiday at all, but rather this is one day of the year when people are either compelled or inclined to express their love for another person through a simple, usually material/tangible gesture. It’s as simple as that.
The only question I have is why is it generally limited to just the one day? Why not make the best of the remaining 364 (or in the case of this Leap Year, 365) days and declare your love for those you care about? How about making a point of saying “I love you” to your spouse or significant other on a daily basis? How about taking it one step further and showing a little respect with that love by holding the door open for them, or anyone, and saying “Please” and “Thank You” each time someone does even the most seemingly small gesture to your benefit or advantage?
And don’t limit it to humans. Show your love to your pets. To your home. To your planet. What can it hurt to consider someone or something else? Someone beyond the length of your own nose. The world embraces us each and every day. Why not give back some of that love? Think of your most trying experiences throughout your life. What got you through those experiences and on top of them after they were over? Think about it. It was love. Pure and simple. Love wins. Every single time. You just have to let it play, is all.
It may just be that if there were more days of the year we devoted to simply showing our love for others and the world around us, countries like Iran who have suffered hardships and devastation through war wouldn’t have had to know hardships, devastation or war at all.
Peace is possible. We just have to want it bad enough.