To Thy Own Self Be Loved, Beloved

What can be said about love that doesn’t feel trite or clichè? Poets, preachers, politicians – love is expounded upon so much that it slides over you without changing you.

That love can have so little impact is a tragedy.

Love is an amazing force that must be described a piece at a time. No one description can encompass all that is love. It warms, it drives, it soothes, it protects, it connects, it heals. What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t… sorry, I had to.

Friday is Valentine’s Day, a celebration focused on love between couples.

Love does not have to be accessed through another person.

Know that you are lovable, even if you don’t yet love yourself. Believe that someone can love you, believe it to the very tips of your back hair. Then realize that you love yourself. You wake up, you eat, you sleep. Even if you are terrible at it, you take care of yourself day in and day out.

Show those quiet critics in your mind that you love yourself by taking care of yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Shower a little bit longer.
Eat that apple instead of that candy bar.
Do that one thing that makes you happy for a minute.

If you want to continue past Valentine’s Day, commit to the process of daily working to take care of your body, your mind, your soul. No one little thing does much, but a bunch of little things done day over day can change everything.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

See you next Wednesday.

Chris Jabas