Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you enjoy this day or despise it, it causes the focus to shift to all things love. You can see it everywhere you go. The stores are full of displays of candy and flowers. There’s red and pink all over the place. For better or worse, it’s hard to ignore the expectations tied to February 14th.
What would happen if we shifted those expectations? What if instead of associating Valentine’s Day with the romantic kind of love, we flipped that idea on its head? How could we make a difference by changing our perception?
For today, let’s be blinded by love.
Blind to the differences between us, whether political, religious or social.
Blind to those who offend us.
Blind to those who see the world differently.
Blind to those whose words make us angry.
Blind to the people who say we can’t or that we shouldn’t or that we won’t.
Blind to those who speak words of hate and fear and ignorance.
Blind to that which seeks to divide rather than unite.
For today, let’s be blinded by love and open our hearts.
Open our hearts to those who we don’t understand.
Open our hearts to those who don’t understand us.
Open our hearts to those who don’t know how to communicate without hurting others.
Open our hearts to those who don’t know how to raise themselves without bringing others down.
Open our hearts to those who crave real, unconditional love but cannot grasp it.
Open our hearts to those who draw attention to themselves because they are so desperately alone.
Open our hearts to those who don’t seem to deserve it.
For today, let’s be blinded by love and open our hearts to those who need us.
It’s not easy to shut off our reservations and our frustrations. It can feel impossible to ignore the anger or the hurt that others have caused. But hope is greater than fear. Love is greater than hate. If we can only show love to those that we think deserve it, then our hope is diminished by our hesitations. Let’s choose to be greater than our fears of giving more than we receive. Let’s be blinded by love.