“IN THE BEGINNING… LOVE YOURSELF”

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Today’s Quote

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Time Check

Feb. 14, 1899- The U.S. congress approved the first use of voting machines in the general election

Feb. 14, 1912- Arizona became the forty-eighth state

Feb. 14, 1989- The first GPS satellite was launched into orbit

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Feb. 14, 2012

Hello America and Happy Valentines Day!

Today is a special day for me.  You may ask WHY? Could he be another one of those holiday lovers? Someone who looks for any excuse to celebrate? Could he be a candy lover? A love addict? OH GOSH, I certainly hope he’s not one of those I’m so happy I’m-in-love-and-you’re-not-so-I-am-going-to-shout-it-to-the-world-people!!! Well actually I’m not. Don’t worry. I get it, TRUST ME.

The reason I feel inclined to share this excitement with you guys isn’t the box of chocolates that I may receive today. It’s not the big pictures of hearts, or flowers that I may give. It’s not the candy grahams or even the love notes. In fact, it has nothing to do with Valentines Day at all. The thing I want to share is simply Love.

Yep! Love! I said it! …..But wait isn’t that what Valentines Day is all about?

Valentines Day as far as we know dates back to the Romans around something like 270 A.D. According to legend, the Roman Emperor Claudius II disallowed marriage for young men, realizing that it made them better soldiers if they didn’t have a family at home to worry about losing.

Then, in secret, a man named St. Valentine came along and secretly disobeyed this dreadful mandate. He performed many marriages until he was finally put to death after being caught. When falling in love with his jailer’s daughter he wrote her a note before his execution. It was signed, YOUR VALENTINE. 

So whether the romantic myth is true or not it is a fact that our society has taken to this idea. The idea that Valentines Day means love, hearts symbolize love, and that the only way to be happy on this day is to love everyone around you.

Actually, that is quite accurate. Even the great Buddha says “He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; He who loves no one has no woes.” But what we often forget is a fundamental piece of the puzzle which sometimes limits us. The missing piece is: ~You can’t love those around you until you learn to love yourself. ~

Love myself? Isn’t that selfish?

Nope! Loving yourself is a crucial part of living a happy life. Think about it! How can you expect to love others or your greater power (whatever it may be) when you can’t even appreciate yourself.

In Mathew 22:36 Jesus says, “love your neighbor as yourself.” Simple right? It would be easy to take this at face value and not give much thought to it. He says he wants us to love our neighbors – no problem, I will.  But wait, there’s actually a lot more to this verse after the immediate glance.

Jesus is also telling us that in order for us to love, our love must start within. And when it does, REAL love is produced. This is love that you can’t put on post cards, in a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates. Love that is a rarity in today’s world because it’s unmarketable. It’s invisible! It’s rooted in the soul, radiates from our core to our finger tips and shoots out like tiny little Zues lightning rods and WHAM! Love is born and ready to share.

I know we come from many different faiths and backgrounds. I understand that some of you may or may not know a lot about Jesus. But I have my beliefs and you do too. What we can all agree on is that Jesus was pretty damn good when it came to loving. He definitely mastered this fine art. So respectfully, I think we can all take His advice when it comes to this issue and turn off the Dr. Phil episodes. (imagine that!)

In essence, LOVE is a powerful force my friends, and it can move mountains bigger than our earthly minds can fathom. Which brings us back to the daily quote from Dr. King. You don’t have to see the whole staircase of love…it’s too BIG you never will! But we most definetly have the power within ourselves to take the first step. So I challenge you today, to go out into our artificial day of flowers and hearts, and love from within. Teach the world what it means to be REAL and lead by example. But be careful! It’s contagious! You might just brighten the day of a few around you! And if they emulate you then we might just be at the beginning of a movement toward making this world a better place. Now that’s Real Time.

Happy Valentines Day,

Love Christian

p.s. guys, this does not excuse you from buying your girlfriend that necklace or cooking dinner for your wife tonight. She may not be ready to accept all of this yet. Give her some time. 😉

 

E-mail me any questions or comments at christianrogers@realtimesblog.com

 

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