Valentine’s Day isn’t just about expensive gifts, teddy bears, chocolates or red roses to girlfriends. It’s about making any of your loved ones ( whosoever they may be) feel that they matter.
And to make anyone feel that you care, fortunately does not take loads of money. In fact it does not cost anything but a tender caring heart.
I planned to write a humorous blog on the ‘extortion day’ that men generally call Valentines day, with a few jokes.
But when a friend sent in an email mentioning about the idea of ‘heart prints’, it was too touching to just shoo off this day in a joke. Hence without adding any of my non serious words I share the sentimental caring words a friend wrote in her email.
“We leave fingerprints on whatever our hands touch. On walls, on furniture, on doorknobs, dishes and books, as we touch we leave our identity. Each day we have the wonderful opportunity to leave prints on the hearts of those who are entrusted to our care.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote in one of her famous poems: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
We might say: “How can we touch hearts? Show us the ways.”
The ways that we leave heart prints can be summed up in the word LOVE.
In his meditations, St. La Salle was very fond of quoting St. Paul. In his First Letter to Corinthians, St. Paul describes love. He writes of a love that touches hearts.
How might we describe this love? We might say:
“May we leave heart prints by dealing patiently with others.
May we leave heart prints by being kind to others.
May we leave heart prints by never being jealous or boastful, or arrogant or rude.
In our dealings with others, may we leave heart prints by not insisting on our own way.”
When we are not irritable or resentful or rejoice at wrong, but rejoice in the right, we leave heart prints.
So, in all of our dealings with others, let us leave heart prints.
And if someone should say: “I felt your touch,” that might be miracle enough. “
Continuing with a serious note, perhaps an look of concern, a nod that we understand, a bend to lend an ear, a few words of compassion or just a caring glance that turns a grimace into a grin are all ways to leave heart prints.
Coming back to my not so serious words, well I wouldn’t leave this page without caring words for my men friends for whom this day proves to be more of an extortion day. Here goes my empathy for the impoverished pockets:
Conversation during an expensive candle light dinner on Valentine’s Day:
Girl (blushing) : “Do you love me with all your heart and soul?”
Boy (”the bill’ on his mind): “Mmm hmm.”
Girl( flushing ): “Do you think I’m the most beautiful girl in the world?”
Boy( still thinking of the ‘ the bill’) : “Mmm hmm.”
Girl(slushing): “Do you think my cheeks are like rose petals & my eyes like gazelle’s?”
Boy( ” the bill’ thoughts persist) : “Mmm hmm.”
Girl( gushing) : “Oh dear, you say the most beautiful things in the world!”
With no offence meant to anyone, but I hope to leave some grins on the grimaced faces :).