February 14th is only a few days away and we all know what that means. Sales at jewellery stores, florists, candy counters and lingerie boutiques will skyrocket, restaurants will be filled to overflowing with lovers gazing into each other’s eyes, and romantic cards will fly off the shelves as we celebrate the people we love and show them just how much they mean to us.
Love. What a wonderful thing it is. Two people meeting and falling in love, with all the ups and downs that go with it. It’s been the idea behind millions of novels and some of the biggest box office successes in history. But love exists on other levels as well, and this week, I wanted to share a few videos that touched my heart and made me smile. Because it is love, rather than Valentine’s Day, that is really worth celebrating.
The first link is to a YouTube video I saw a few months ago, and it was from the musical lyrics that I drew the title for this week’s blog. Honestly, I love this touching vignette. It was the most viewed YouTube video between November 9th and 16th, and while the message was ‘celebrate the extra mile we go at Christmas to find just the right gift’, what made the biggest impression on me was the reason one of the characters went that extra mile. Love.
Now, this is not your average couple. They obviously don’t have a lot of money and not a single word was exchanged. But there’s no doubt she means the world to him. Have a look. I defy you not to get a little teary-eyed when you watch it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N8axp9nHNU
The next video demonstrates how, in a world filled with hatred and turmoil, we can find love, or at least, a meaningful connection, with people of all races and in all countries. One man did, and the result is truly heartwarming. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pwe-pA6TaZk?rel=0
Lastly, this one is more traditional and while it does include imagines of loving couples (many of whom you’ll recognize), it also highlights the many different kinds of love that exist in our modern world and how we are strengthened by them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYUYmj6e-MI
Love. Something to celebrate. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but on all the rest of the days as well. Is there someone you haven’t been in touch with for a while? A family member or friend who’s going through a rough time? Or maybe just someone you’d like to reach out to and say, ‘I care about you’. This might be the perfect time to do it. Because if you can’t send a message of love and affection on Valentine’s Day, when can you?