life beyond the well…

For Valentine’s Day…

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So,  if you don’t have someone to love for Valentine’s Day here’s a suggestion:  LOVE YOURSELF! Take time to love, and BE IN LOVE with yourself. Love your faults, your failures, your aspirations, your accomplishments, your family, your friends, and all of the things that help you be who you are. There’s this one, unique, you that needs your love as much as all of the other things in your life.

I say this because too often, I read or hear about how people get SO depressed from the time immediately following Christmas until February 15. The commercialization of this ONE day starts on December 26, when Christmas decorations come down and lasts until February 15. And it really doesn’t end there, because on February 15, all the remaining Valentine’s items are now 75% off. But I digress…

What I’m really feeling is that people spend all this time waiting, wishing, and hoping for this perfect person. And while that’s not a bad thing, because we all want to be with THAT person, where people mess up is that they fail to love themselves in the process.

When you love yourself, you know yourself. You know your strengths and your weaknesses. You know what you like and what you don’t like- and perhaps even why you feel that way. You know your faults, failures, dreams, desires, aspirations, and accomplishments. You’re okay with who you are, and you make effort to change the things you don’t like about yourself.

Perhaps people should make a Valentine’s Day Resolution, where they resolve to love themselves before they gripe and complain about a commercialized holiday. A gift or a date on February 14 doesn’t equate to love, and it doesn’t equate to perfection. Who knows what the person on that date might be enduring just to be in that spot?

So, I’m rambling, but…it really comes down to this: Love yourself, and don’t let a commercialized holiday get you down. Do it for you. And trust, when you take care of you, all other things will fall into place.

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Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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