I’m quite fond of vintage Valentines, and this one delights me with its parade of flower-adorned swans, it’s abundant lushness and serene sense of love.
I think it’s an unnecessary limitation, and one that causes needless challenge, to think Valentine’s Day need be focused on love in partnership, or tied into manufactured demand for consumerism. Luckily we get to define things as we want them, and I claim this as a delightful day celebrating love in all in guises. Given Friday is also dedicated to Venus, I think this is a boon as well.
I particularly like how Rumi frames it:
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
If we gave ourselves no other task in life than this, can you imagine what a rewarding exploration it would be to pursue such an openness? I think we should all take it on.
I believe in the generosity of love and hearts, and I have my own collection.
Clearly I have a love of heart stones as well as vintage Valentines. And I have a great love for everyone who takes a moment of their time and spends it here with me – thank you! May you find today and every day to be filled with love in all manner of forms, and may your heart be happy.