The only love you really need

Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some people love it. Some hate it. Others are indifferent.

From my own personal and very unscientific observation, it seems that those who love it are typically in a good relationship.

Those who hate it are usually not in a relationship…or not in a good one.

Those who are indifferent tend to be the ones who are in a relationship but believe that Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be any different from any other day of the year…that love should be celebrated all the time.

While I agree that love should be celebrated every day, I do fall into the “love it” category. I enjoy having one special day to honor those I love. Not just my husband, but my other family members, and my friends who are special to me.

But truly, the only love you really need is self-love.

While a lot of people think this is selfish, it definitely is not. You cannot give to others what you do not have. And if you don’t fully and unconditionally love yourself, it’s hard to love others unconditionally.

Love starts with you, and only then can you give it away.

So today–and every day–practice loving yourself first. And don’t forget to treat yourself to chocolates and flowers anytime, if that’s what you desire.

Then share your love with everyone you come in contact with.

Happy Valentine’s Day!