Over the next few days tens of millions of pounds will be spent on cards, flowers, gifts and meals to celebrate ‘love.’ Valentine, probably a martyr in Rome in the early years of Christianity, though we can’t be sure, has somehow given his name to one of the great advertising and sales events of the year: St. Valentine’s Day, a celebration of romantic love. Sorry if I sound like an old cynic. And if you and the person you love celebrate this day, I hope you have a wonderful one. I just find February a difficult month. When I lived in Germany, February was always the worst month of the year. The lovely deep snow had usually gone by then and we were left with cold, dark, wet, foggy days. Everyone was miserable. Christmas was a distant memory and Easter, and with it the spring, was in the far distance. February was just awful. Now that I live in the Garden of England February can still feel as bad. The weather is better, at least I hope it will be, but we are still stuck between the joys of Christmas and the first signs of Spring that
Easter brings. I suspect that I am not the only one who feels this way. Over the past few days I have noticed that many people are feeling, and certainly looking more fed up than usual. So what can we do we do about this?
How can we cheer each up a little? Before you go off and spend some money I’m not suggesting that you
buy flowers and chocolates for complete strangers. That way leads to restraining orders. But all of us can share a smile, a ‘good morning’ or a ‘good afternoon’ or even a ‘how are you today’ with those we meet on our daily travels. We will feel better and those we acknowledge will do so as well. During what can seem like a bleak month, as the world celebrates the sales bonanza of St. Valentine’s Day, let’s remember the love that led Valentine to give his life because he loved God. And let’s try to make the lives of those around us a little better.