Love. It starts with You!

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And so this day again ascends on some of us like a warm bright sun ray climbing up the cold morning sky over a beautiful horizon. Its arrival is both welcoming and majestic. And so this day again comes up to meet some of us as if a cold draft from a Canadian Winter’s storm gripping each corner in which you move. Same date. Same day. Different experiences. Which is why I think that it is important that it is understood that you alone should dictate what this day, and any other day for that matter, will bring you.

I have been on both sides of the equation. Gifts, chocolates, romantic dinners, and John Legend music to set…you get the picture. However, I have also been on the opposite side. Forty ounces of malt liquor, packs of Newport 100 (Cadillacs), and 8 Ball and MJG…you get the picture. And it wasn’t until I got older that I realized that the common factor that determined what mood I would be in from date to date or day to day; stared me in the mirror each day. The truth is that before you can truly fall in love and give love unconditionally to anyone else; you have to love yourself first regardless of your imperfections and your own idiosyncrasies. Trust me guys, that last line was not made up by me. As a matter of fact when I first saw it (it was much more simply stated); it hit me like a ton of bricks. Yet, it has impacted my approach in to everything that I do and how I do it.

So, what is this whole post about? Well, simple. This post is about you. It is about appreciating the bright warm sun rays just as much as a cold Canadian winter storm draft. It is about you loving every day that you get a chance to love, to lose love, to let love find you; but remain steadfast in the knowledge that you should be loved if by no one else but yourself. Yes, this day is amazing. I see and feel the love in the air. I hear it on all the communication mediums as my day unfolds. But don’t you forget that you dictate what and how you love and how you are loved. You may not receive one single gift today; and that is fine. You may receive a ton of gifts today; and that is also fine. However, the greatest gift that you can give to yourself is to crush on you, hug on you, and love you.

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