Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and it is an opportunity for us to truly reconnect with the real meaning of this day. It is about LOVE, sharing and giving.
Love is amazing. It is what makes us human, what makes life worth living. The size of our homes, bank accounts, the speed of our car – all those things pale into true insignificance when we face the splendor of what it is that makes us tick.
One of greatest feelings of love is pride. Have you ever seen a loved one do something amazing and felt such a swell of pride that it shocked you? I know I have -- and it's pretty awesome. It's great to feel proud of yourself, but it's extra exciting when you can feel proud of someone else. The pride I feel for Carley's journey through life is so powerful, I sometimes can feel my heart cracking with overwhelming joy- good cracking, you know? Pride is usually thought in a negative context, but I know it really is deep love -- to feel really good that someone else is going through something that's important to him or her and relishing in their joy.
Always remember that there is enough love in each of our hearts to heal tiny spaces of our world, and not just our own personal relationships. For those of us who have lost their one great love, or a very special person, there are no words. There is only time, time to heal, time to remember, and time to go on without them, as hard as that may seem. I have often said , when thinking about my own losses and the quote "time heals all wounds", that time does heal , it just blurs the wounds. For me, as time goes on, I just find I miss then more. But, somehow, we do go on. It is up to us to try to find the balance between the hurt we fell, and the need to live. For the last thing your loved ones would want, is to see you not continuing on and finding some peace and happiness. Easier said than done- of course. But when I think about my loved ones in heaven, I know they are pushing me and giving me their strength. I can feel their pride and love all the way down here! You just have to let it in.
I asked Tamra to tell me her love story. She laughed at first, as we all do upon hearing those words- “love story”. Many of us think of the movies, or a famous couple. But isn’t that what we each have, had, or are striving for? I always considered my relationship with Jimmy a love story, I think I get that from my love of Disney maybe- but I know he is my Prince Charming.
Think about your love stories today. It does not have to be the love of your partner, it could be the love of a sibling, parent, child, or pet. I urge to write the beautiful story down on paper- one day it will mean the world to someone- trust me.
Tamra and Ric’s Love Story….