February 8, 2013

mini hearts - maxi LOVE

I agree, Valentine's Day has become a highly commercialized "Hallmark" holiday. It is hard to feel genuinely romantic with all the pressure of spending money on presents, flowers, reservations on fancy restaurants, parties, dresses, getaways, messages, phone calls... Another blessed day for the retailers... But why not stop with the anti-Valentine complains and use this day as an opportunity. Frankly, the overall tendency of a holiday driven by commercialism doesn't bother me unless I see spiritual impoverishment of the human soul. Why? Because in the words of the wisest professor Morri, you don't need to buy into this culture – "work at creating and building your own little subculture. You can't let any one – or any society – determine how you think, what you value... Invest in people, in human family. Build a little community of those you love and who love you."
So, in my world, I am not letting no one destroy the spirit of what Valentine's Day means to me. It has never been a grand affair in my family, yet has never been ignored. Regardless of any biblical or non-biblical perceptions, to me Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate Love and Romance. A day to declare your feeling of fondness and appreciation for these special people in your life. A day to celebrate love of yourself, love for life, the divine love. Love, attraction, romance are as old as the world.
I know, it is sad to count on being romantic and showing love on only one day out of the year. But I am not a perfect human being and often getting carried in the busyness of the fast-paced life. Perhaps that is why I embrace this special day in which I tend consciously to set the tone for how I treat others in my everyday relationships, as a partner, as a friend, as a mother and a daughter, as an individual. The way I feel and express my love towards my man, my son, my friends, my parents, my colleagues and people I meet on Valentine's Day sets a standard to me for how I would celebrate them every single day of the year. In other words, I use Valentine's Day as perfect practise of making every other day a possible Valentine's Day, if you will.
In fact, showing love and appreciation doesn't take a lot (and money). Simple things can go a long way:
- listen to what others love and dream about;
- surprise them with something special for them;
- be inventive in your words; the same phrases lose impact with repetition;
- detach from the ego, be humble, be open, be vulnerable;
- cook for others, share a meal; there is something so honest and generous to do that for someone you love;
- take time to send cards/make cards (Valentines); I miss the evenings of having to make Valentines for my son's elementary grade classes;
- knowing that your wife's car needs gas, surprise her while she is in yoga class by taking the car from the parking lot, filling the tank with gas at the nearest gas station and bringing the car back (who does that? Well, my husband!)
- bake your son's favorite cookies in the shape of a mini heart; fill a jar with them and give it as a gift to someone you love; for a vintage appeal, cover the jar's lid with old paper  (find a recipe here);
- share a cup of coffee in the morning with a loved one, maybe, a tea in the afternoon with a friend; add a romantic touch with a mini heart that perches on the edge of the cup;
- sing a song, dance a tango even if you can't ...
- love yourself; we are born with love and if we know how to love ourselves as an integral and equal part of the whole UNIverse, then we will be able to offer love to others; the more love we give out, the more it builds inside of us and more we will get back ...

It is even easy on Valentine's Day.

Love is in the Air     

And, no matter what we think about Valentine's Day, who doesn't love indulging in some good chocolate?
I do!

And if you think all this sounds cliche, I agree, "important things are inevitably cliche."

" Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." 
- Danny, age 7

                                                                                      Hugs and kisses to you! XOXO

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    This was SUCH a good post - the sentiments and philosophy and the gorgeous photos.

    You just made my day!!

  2. lovely post, Sylvia. Your cookies are perfect little love messages!

  3. Awesome post! Love your thoughts on the celebration of Valentine's Day and your photography is fabulous.

    I'd love to have you link this post to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. I'd feel absolutely
    cherished to receive
    sweet cookies like
    these! How lucky
    your friends and
    family are to have
    you in their lives.

    And I agree, if we
    all lived like it was
    Valentine's Day,
    every day, the world
    would be a much
    happier place : ) It
    certainly is a day to
    re-set our love intentions!

    Have a wonderful
    weekend, Sylvia.

    xo Suzanne

  5. You posts are always filled with beauty and I'm always excited to see a new one. :)

  6. Gorgeous Sylvia.... I love that last quote...
    Have a happy weekend... xv

  7. Oh that last quote....SO DEAR AND SWEET!

    My friend, I so agree with the wise professor about building your own subculture. I believe it is one of the only ways to survive the constant assailing of our minds by the media. Love is to be celebrated ALWAYS.

    Your photos like always, are an artistic expression and well-captured I might add, of the simply beauty that you see. A GREAT artist is someone who can take what they see with their eyes and mind and then successfully transmit it to the audience. You capture this so well.

    Thank you for your kind words about my dear grandmother! Blessings to you dear Sylvia! Anita

  8. Hi Sylvia!
    Wow! So glad I stumbled onto your blog! It is absolutely enchanting! I spend a little while going back through previous posts, and just love them all!

    This little gift is just wonderful! Who wouldn't want to receive it? Love the simplicity, and beauty you create and capture, too!

    Hope your weekend is fabulous!

  9. Your cookies really look adorable, and I love the quote by Danny... so sweet. I've probably told you before, but i'll tell you again... Your blog is truly beautiful and special. I really love your photos... Happy Weekend. Mary

  10. I love that last quote! I must say that for me, every day is like Valentine's Day.
    We were married on Valentine's Day, and we share our love with family and
    friends daily!

  11. Forgot to say that I like your style, and am your newest follower.

  12. Lovely to come and visit you Sylvia and I agree - the day is too commercialized and I think the home made cards and gifts mean so much more than a bought something.
    Your cookies are really sweet.

    Happy weekend

  13. I agree with you Sylvia. It doesn't cost much money to show someone your love! Your cookies look delicious. What a beautiful gift they will be.

    Wishing you a happy Valentine's day!

    Love, Madelief x

  14. Dear friend and sister...this post is magnificent...not just because the theme is LOVE...but every sentence rang true within my heart...every one...
    Gorgeous photos, as always...
    May be you blessed with joy and love, dearest Sylvia!!
    (I miss the days of making Valentines for grade school too! Maybe I can convince my sweet girl to make some for her friends this year, we shall see..) :)
    Much love,
    - Irina

  15. Well, I enjoyed this wonderful warm post. Excellent suggestions. Doing even a couple of them could make such an impact. Your photos are wonderful too. Thanks so much for leaving a word. I'm always honored when you visit.

  16. This is my first time to your blog--coming from WUW--and it's delightful! This post is just precious and so meaningful. I completely agree with you! The heart cookies are too adorable to eat!! Well, almost. ;)

  17. Silvia, you showed love with this heartwarming post! Love your dear ideas... and sweet hearts! So happy I found your your blog! I am a new follower!

    I hope you will join me for ON THE MENU MONDAY, my weekly foodie linky party. Link goes live 8:00 pm Sundays. Your hearts and your post would be such a welcomed addition!

  18. I love your photography! You are amazing with the food shots! Food photography has become my new favorite muse! Just gorgeous!

  19. Beautiful post, Sylvia. Cookies are definitely a good gift for valentine.


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