I can't help...falling in love...with you! (sung in dog howls) It's true! I love people! It's one of the few things in life that make me immensely happy, besides dog treats, belly rubs, and naps. I can't ever get enough attention and I'll make sure you know it when you're visiting BMV.
February is the month of love. Now, now...don't be so jaded. I know some of you are rolling your eyes. You hate Valentine's Day and the commercial sappiness. To you, it's just another holiday. While traditionally that may be the case, maybe try thinking about it this way...Valentine's Day is truly about love, and I'm not talking just romantic love. It's deep friendship, or playful, or affection, or selfless love. It doesn't have to just be a spouse or significant other, either. It can be a friend, a co-worker, a child, someone down on their luck, a stranger, someone different than you, an enemy. Love can take many forms.
The times we live in are extremely difficult, and many people live in great need. We do not know what the future holds for any of us. In today's world it is essential that here and there rays of light and hope continue to shine. All the world’s people, whatever their beliefs, are part of the same family. We all have the same general needs, problems, desires, and dreams. When we embrace the possibility of pure love, we are expressing, amidst our differences, a unity of purpose, a common hope. What better vision can we have right now in today's world?
While I promote sharing love all year round, why not use February to share love with everyone? Change the idea of romantic love, to love for humankind. Bring a friend on a weekend to our winery in February and share a cupcake or handmade truffles with a glass of wine. Help someone in need. Offer a smile to a stranger. Listen with open ears and hearts to someone different than you. Give an encouraging word to a child. Praise a co-worker. Scratch behind the ears of a dog (hint, hint).
Let go of the idea that Valentine's Day is only for romantic love and embrace a love that's bigger than yourself. Being a dog, I already do.
Love & Sloppy Kisses,