Happy Valentine's Day

Today and every day is a good day to say “I love you.”

 

 

Here at The Dash, we know the power of poetry. We understand how heartfelt expressions of love make a difference. It’s not surprising that a poem by the medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer may have been the impetus for Valentine’s Day romantic celebrations.

An excerpt from history.com

“…Chaucer often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today.

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? …stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.”

When we were younger, we would bring a decorated shoebox to grade school on Valentine’s Day. Each child would stuff a little Valentine’s card into the shoebox of everyone else in the class. No one was left out. How exciting it was to open the shoebox and read all those sweet, innocent Valentine’s greetings! That little act of kindness made you feel loved and accepted.

You see, it doesn’t take much to make a difference. Express your love this Valentine’s Day and every day. Those three little words: “I love you” can change a life…and the world.

14 QUOTES ABOUT LOVE

“All you need is love.”
– The Beatles

“Where there is love, there is life.”
– Gandhi

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
– Mother Teresa

“We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.”
– John Wooden

“You can always gain by giving love.”
– Reese Witherspoon

“The giving of love is an education in itself.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Let all that you do be done in love.”
– 1 Corinthians 16:18

“Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
– Audrey Hepburn

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
– Dalai Lama

“I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.”
– Maya Angelou

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”
– Henri Nouwen

 

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