6 Feb 2018

What About Valentine’s Day?

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Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

We don’t really and prefer to count our good fortune at unmarked moments throughout the year.

To spend more years together than apart is an incredible privilege and one I never, ever take for granted. Valentine’s Day, while I am not bah humbug and do enjoy to send the funny card or spoil him, is really just the beginning.


I believe a successful relationship needs focus and attention all throughout the year and by now; most of us have worked this out.  Not all relationships can last forever, for a whole host of reasons, but one thing I do believe is a solid basis of friendship is integral for most relationships to prosper.


Isn’t Valentines Day a celebration of not only love but also of friendship?

Sometimes it is difficult to feel where friendship morphs into love and vice versa. Friendship is the basis of any great love story and without a deep friendship; it is harder to go the distance. If we endeavour to deepen and maintain our friendship, it can sustain us in the tougher moments. There are no perfect relationships, most suffer good and bad years but the more profound the friendship and the deeper the respect the more chance of surviving the challenges.


Friendship has helped us navigate many difficult moments and I have watched the same amongst my peers. There are certain qualities that make friendship golden and they apply whether it’s a family, friends or partners.



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What makes for an enduring friendship?

Be Yourself

It sounds like such an obvious conclusion but it’s not. It’s harder to be comfortable in ourselves and it is even harder to show others our true selves. Feeling confident enough to relax and be us is a sure way to measure a true friendship. Standing on ceremony or pretending to be who we are not is suggestive of a flawed relationship or at the very least one still in the discovery stage. Obviously, our “true colours” cannot be divulged at once but that is a choice we make not one we are compelled to follow. If walking on eggshells or feeling as if we are putting our “foot in it” constantly is the status quo, then we need to re-think.


Emotional Strength

Many friendships can have a hidden agenda. There can be emotional abuse without even being aware. Small elements can make us uncomfortable with our relationships; it might be a lack of communication or a feeling of diminished self-worth. When someone really listens to us and we hear him or her, our friendship is consolidated. Similarly, with self-worth, some friendships make us feel so well within ourselves and give us emotional strength. That’s true friendship.


Empathy

Compassion, empathy, sympathy and patience are all qualities we wish for in our friendships. If we cannot relate to our partners or find the patience and sympathy they might need, it is difficult to retain the binds. Sometimes it is more than we can tolerate – I get that – but I try and remember my time will come. It’s trite but “do unto others and all that” is not a bad piece of advice.


Commitment

For a relationship to thrive it requires a commitment.  Of time – friendship cannot survive without an investment of time but equally too much time and an over-compensation can be the death knell. Balance, like in all things, is the key.

Commitment is about loyalty – being loyal to a partnership is everything.




“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than friendship” – Thomas Aquinas.

Valentine’s Day is as good as any to celebrate. xv

 

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7 Comments

Mimi Gregor

I think holidays are for amateurs. Valentine’s Day is for people who don’t show their love every day — they think that showing it on one big day is enough. It’s not. Showing a person that you love them on a daily basis is real love. Anyone can fake it for one day. The same with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and even that sacred cow — Christmas. Every day you are alive and have loved ones near you is special. “Hallmark Holidays”… arbitrary days on a calendar… are just attempts to get you to spend more money out of guilt.

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Anna

I agree… a good sence of humor can defuse any situation from becoming a big fight. Life is to serious and life is to short… life love and laugh as often and whole hearted as possible.

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Ardith

So well said, Vicki, and I agree, wholeheartedly. I find this so even more so in recent years. And I consider myself unbelievably lucky to have the love, passion, companionship and friendship I only dreamed of early on. I owe that all to my remarkable husband. Cheers, Ardith

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candice feinberg

I used to enjoy Valentine’s Day because my husband would cook .. he always gave me flowers anyway so once in a while I got perfume or chocolates, but the cooking was a treat. He was a fabulous cook.

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anitapelayorivera

Good morning dearest Vicki! Well, 38 years ago this Valentines Day will be the anniversary of the night Ruben and I met. It was friendship and love all rolled into one, at first meeting. Since then, we have tried to incorporate all of the above virtues and it really does work to make every day an opportunity to truly be grateful to be alive, to have someone who is there for you and to share the ups and downs of living. Though we have much to celebrate on this holiday, we usually don’t do anything “special” because honestly, any given day can turn out to be a special memory for us, whether it’s a romantic, spontaneous moment or a fun day, “being ourselves” which is one of the best things about both of us. We can be who we are in front of each other, whereas someone outside of our life may look at us and roll their eyes.

Love is for everyday, not just for one day out of the year!

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Lesley

Valentine’s Day: over priced flowers and crowded restaurants is overrated. Showing someone they’re special should happen when the spot light is off.

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