A Hopeful Romantic.
Does “Valentine’s Day” have anything to offer those of us who have suffered bad relationships? Or to those of us who are not in a relationship?
People are strange! They often choose strange, disempowering ways to describe themselves. For example, they say, “I am a hopeless romantic!” What an effective way to doom one’s relationships to hopelessness!
I describe myself differently. I am a “hopeful romantic”! This is so regardless of whether or not I am in a relationship and whether or not I am in love! Like the Pre-Raphaelites, I focus on hope, on potential, and on beauty. I focus on what I may rather have than on what currently exists. This is how humans often grow, mature and blossom.
In fact, my favourite saying is, “Reality leaves so much to the imagination!” What is the imagination? It is the ability to project an image in the mind’s eye. It is the act of creation of an image in the mind. This is wonderful news because, with practice, you can choose what you create – just like an author of fiction.
On Valentine’s Day I choose to focus with the eye of my heart on:
what is good and beautiful;
what is edifying and encouraging;
what is kind and thoughtful;
what is loving and what I am passionate about.
On Valentine’s Day, I choose to live with passion.
After all, “All You Need Is Love” da da da-da da…because, “Love never fails.”