I am a proud Valentine's Day graduate.

I am a proud Valentine's Day graduate. Looking back, I can see how Valentine's Day helps us to suspend our fixation with meaningless stuff. Even if we do that for a few hours only, we find ourselves thinking more of love, of relationships and of loved ones.

Valentine's Day can be hypnotic, depending I suppose, on your age and your cash flow. You find yourself in a state of mindfulness. Whether you like it or not, you are swept away by the colour red, the single stem roses and the chocolates. Even if you protest about the commercialism about Valentine's Day, you somehow embrace the flood of good feelings and thoughts that others are sending out.

I too, experienced those dizzy, youthful days of being swamped with gifts and candlelit dinners. Then when my family grew, we celebrated Valentine's Day at home with special dinners or we picnicked and watched the sun set from Signal Hill. Now, my love affair with Valentine's Day has matured.

 This year I was content to sit at home, enjoying my single stem rose and blogging away. There was far more activity amongst our younger generation. Brett and his partner disappeared on their exciting dates of horseriding along the Noordhoek beach to Chapman's Peak, Sasha and her girlfriends spent the afternoon at the cinema and then at some lounge, while Christo and his friends chilled under the Brazilian Pepper tree with a potluck meal and drinks. 

This was good. Everybody was happy in their own spaces, enjoying their friendships and being present right there where they were. Being mindful is what matters. Enjoying life with those who make your life complete is a blessing.

That is the power of Valentine's Day. If  you strip away the fanfare that surrounds this day, you will find that this day forces us to acknowledge and recognise those gifts of love, friendship and family. Those who seldom step back to embrace real, pulsating love and concern for others, will feel the stirrings of mindfulness.

Let's be thankful then and see Valentine's Day as a grim reminder that we need to spread love and concern consistently.

And who knows... I may be tempted to throw away caution and rekindle that crazy, kinda over-the-top celebrations when Valentine's Day comes around next time!

I hope you maxed your special day with loved ones...


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