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In any relationship, mistakes are inevitable; lessons are necessary; and forgiveness... well, it's mandatory—if you want to heal with peace in your heart. If you truly want to celebrate Valentine's day, celebrate it by being more understanding of the one you claim to love. If you truly want fulfillment with others, then learn to be patient and guide them in their evolution. Yes, I said GUIDE, not force. There is a huge difference.
The way to offer true love to another is to display or suggest healthier options in a loving way, while also detaching from the outcome—in other words, don't be so rigid with expectations.
So how do you detach from the outcome? You must learn to be open and trust the process. Allow others to choose their lessons. Don't be so quick to judge their choices. In life, we get what we put into it. So if you want the best, put in your best—offer true love... offer compassion.
Trust that as long as you're conducting authentically from a place of love, you cannot—in one form or another—receive the opposite; this means what is not of true love in nature will eventually find a way to leave your life.
You see, true love can only attract more truths—true friendships, true connections, true fulfillment. This kind of force is part of the Universal Law—the same Law that governs the existence of gravity. You can't deny the way gravity works anymore than you can deny the way true love works. These powerful Laws of Nature are constant and undeniable.
P.S. Here's an article I wrote a while ago if you want to read more. Read: In order to experience Love to the fullest degree, you need to understand this.
Part 2 of 2
Other than going for dinner or exchanging gifts, why not create something that celebrates love throughout the year? This is something you can do with your partner, your best friend, or even your kids; start a "happy-love box"!
Basically, each of you get to write down on little pieces of paper all the things you would like to experience or do together—something you both can enjoy. It could be picnic in a tree house, dining at a cool restaurant, taking a small trip together, having your friends over for wine and poker. And if you're lovers, well...ahem, you can suggest x-rated stuff. :) It could be anything. Get creative. Just keep it light-hearted and fun.
Then, put all these little pieces of paper in that special happy-love box. You can keep adding to this box anytime as often as you like, never letting it go empty. At least once a week, shake the box and randomly pull out a piece of paper, and together, do whatever is suggested on that piece of paper. Okay? :)
Happy Valentine's Day! :) xo
— Though love is only a four-letter word, its depth and beauty makes our language seem so limiting when we try to define it in its entirety.