Valentines Musings

Well Happy Valentines Day everyone.  For the last week I have read many different takes on Valentines Day – pro,con and mushy.  Most of them seem to fall into two categories – either bemoaning that a holiday that largely originates from the greeting card and chocolate industries takes up so much of our airspace, and expressing distress at the pain that Valentines Day causes those who are not in solid romantic relationships, or else offering suggestions and useful tips for how to nurture real love.

I think both are valid and helpful to think about.  And yet I am a romantic, and I think there is a point to having a day that allows us to let our mushier selves go to town (and yes, we should be doing so year round).  In the next week I will be sharing some of the good ideas that have come my way, in the meantime enjoy this lovely video of a couple whose love truly did withstand the tests of time and who have a lot to say about what real love means.  I’m also adding a link to Brene Brown’s blog post about taking Valentines Day out of the box and reframing it as “Generosity Day.”

http://www.ordinarycourage.com/

http://storycorps.org/animation/danny-and-annie/

Wishing you all a beautiful heart-full day!

 

Posted by Laura

Laura Marshall, LCSW, is the founder and director of the Sagebrush Center for Relationship Therapy. Her experience spans thirty years of supporting couples and individuals to create healthy and meaningful lives and relationships. She is also adjunct faculty for the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She lives with her husband Steve and five sons in Farmington, New Mexico.

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