What is it about Valentine’s Day lately?
On February 14, 2011, I was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. In August 2011 I had surgery and became cancer free.
On February 14, 2013, I was diagnosed with recurring cancer. I could expect to live 4-6 months. Possibly double that if I opted to resume chemotherapy.
It doesn’t take a math wizard to figure out that February 14, 2013 plus 12 months = today. Yikes! It got here sooner than I expected!
Yet here it is, February 14, 2014, Valentine’s Day. A day of love.
And I’ll let you in a little secret. Because of Valentine’s Day 2011 and Valentine’s Day 2013, I have learned to love. Not family and friends, I loved them before. Not nature, I loved Her before. Not art, I loved art before. Not life, I loved life before.
But rather, Self.
Because of those two momentous Valentine’s Days, I have had cause to find the core of myself. And I must say, at long last, I have fallen in love with me!
It was easy to do really–fall in love that is. Because what I am, what you are, too, is so indescribably delicious and dazzling that chocolates and flowers and glitter only point the way! And lest you think I’ve gotten too full of myself, I assure you, I have not. Self love is the greatest Valentine any of us can give the world. It is pure.
And I’ll let you in on another secret. Loving myself has opened the door to loving all. Sweet!
As I live my day today,Valentine’s Day, 2014, I give thanks for the gift of one more day. One more day to love. One more day to taste chocolates, one more day to smell flowers, one more day to live. One more day….
And I give thanks for you, sweet friends, who fill my life with a living bouquet; ever delicious, ever dazzling, ever unpredictable, ever rosy!
So, I am sending you this valentine on this day of love.
May it fill your heart with the love we all share.
May it fill your heart with remembrances of gratefulness.
Gratefulness that we have one more day to love.
One more day to taste chocolates.
One more day to smell flowers.
One more day to live.
One more day….
Happy Valentine’s Day
I love you all!