Ok

Here I go….

There I said it! LOL

I used to have a “problem” with this holiday.

I also use to be single and 24.

That was when I thought I knew everything.

I thought I had figured out the “tricks and treats” of how America loved to get people to spend their money.

“commercialism!”

I look back at that and really have a problem with it.

First of all.

How could any day that celebrates LOVE be bad?

I mean really.

As much as our human race like to kill each other and everything else in between we are still inherently GOOD.

We are still made of LOVE.  We are by nature most of the time, LOVING.

So, I like to believe that my 24 years old self just wasn’t thinking.  Or didn’t know how to think.

More than likely the later.

I think now.

LOVE  is an emotion that no one  lives without.

LOVE IS the reason we do anything.

Right or wrong.

For what ever the reason LOVE takes us to the place in our heart where life was born.

Without LOVE there is nothing.

I am not a religious person.  I am a very spiritual person.  I do not know anything.  I do not know how the universe was made.  I do not know where “we” came from.

I am however out there everyday searching for an answer.

Always looking and staying OPEN to all possibilities.

I respect all religions.

Religions are very strong for many reasons.

All religions have worth and all religions should have a voice.

One thing that all have in common is LOVE.

Who ever, Why ever, there is LOVE for something/someone involved.

This trickles down to the common person.

LOVE is always the seed.

After having built my life up to 41 years of living.  I must say, and say it with pure confidence and pride, LOVE is the only way.

To all those out there that celebrate this day not because you have “a date” or something like it,

but who really look at the strength behind the “American message”  (buy buy buy” buy the chocolates, buy the flowers, buy the cards, eat out and drink wine! )

Know that there is something more sitting right in front of you.

LOVE.

Celebrate LOVE for what it means to you.

Yes the economics of this day exist and yes lot’s of retail stores out there sell “Valentine’s Day”.

But if you saw the smiles on my three little ducks when I came in with hearts full of candy and told them we are having heart pancakes for dinner and that I LOVED them all the way to the end of the Universe and back again

it was worth the money spent.  (My 24 year old self didn’t have kids and didn’t know her family as people not and didn’t have a soulmate that LOVES her for who she is.)

LOVE grows strong with LOVED ones around.

IS

the most powerful word on the planet Earth and we can’t even touch it.

It sits somewhere in the hearts of everyone.

It IS not a thing or a place or a being

It just IS.

“Beauty is not caused it IS.”

-emily dickenson-

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Author: openlifestudio

I am a self taught photographer and mixed media artist with a degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in classical theatre performance. Stage was my first love and brought me into the world art while photography is what made me want to stay. I am married to superman, and am the mother of three little super-ducks. I studied creative writing at the Univeristy of Tn and classical drama at the NC School of the Arts, and a Masters in Education with concentration of inclusion and curriculum. I've liived in NYC and LA for the past decade and moved back to TN for some home cooking and back yard fun . I spend most of my days getting little ones through life and playing in my studio. I sell my work through different venues and am really happy where I find myself these days. I love to drink a bottle of wine (with my hubby) coupled with extra cheddar blast goldfish! Having kids has changed my life, the arts has shaped my life, and my soulmate continues everyday to walk through my life beside me. What else could a country city girl like me need.

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