A made up day…

The sun sets on another day…

I expected a cool sunset or at least a sunset, but instead got rain once again. Still, I smiled knowing the colors were high above, and the air was warmer. Spring is out there, only a short time away.

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Valentine’s Day being a made-up holiday. I’ll say with pretty much over the top certainty that they are correct. Although the holiday is as old as many religions it has evolved from a fertility rite to a modern day engine of sales and merchandise. Our current Valentine’s Day has morphed from many previous just as our current Christmas has become so commercialized that the only focus seems to be spending instead of its original intent.

With that being said I have to say with utmost certainty that telling somebody you care about them even a little isn’t a bad thing. Being there for someone when they need you does not make you a bad person. Most of all not celebrating a holiday because you don’t believe in it one way or another does not make the holiday disappear it just leaves you out of it all.

That’s OK.

We should all be able to enjoy everything that we want to enjoy and if we don’t want to participate that’s fine. On the other hand throwing disparaging comments or talking about the origins of a holiday may not be as fine as you think. I have heard from literally dozens of people this year how terrible Valentine’s Day is because all it accomplishes is giving flower shops business. my question is simple for all those that disagree with the holiday: Do you currently have a reminder set to send flowers to people occasionally?

If you don’t, consider this a holiday of convenience that reminds you that there are special people in your life. If you do, do as you see fit and maybe the $15 or $20 that you save will buy you another coffee or better yet another book. Either way is it that bad to let people know you care about them? Why aren’t you doing that now?

So as the sun sets on another day I hope that you take a moment and remember that people care about you. I hope that you find it in your heart to tell people when you care about them. And when people reach out to you and try to lift you up stop trying to take them down and instead realize that maybe somebody cares more. It could be you that makes a difference to someone every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and happy Valentine’s Day!!