Happy Valentine’s Day! [(1) above]. Valentine’s Day [(2)] is about love and friendship. But before we love anyone else, we need to give ourselves pride of place in our own lives and love ourselves.
We have goals and aspirations, wishes and dreams–some we attain, and some we hope to look forward to. The unfinished bits of our lives are where our possibilities lie–deliciously so. And for those of us who are zaftig and Rubenesque [(3) right “Venus at a Mirror”], let’s especially give a *wave* and “shout out” to curvy woman kind. Snap! We are wonderful, amazing, and unique creatures–never to be duplicated–we are one of a kind.
Finally, I’d like to share with you the inspiring words of a poet and author whom I greatly admire–Dr. Maya Angelou [(4) left]– who said it much better than I in her poem “Phenomenal Woman” [(5) link below].
So before you express your grateful thanks to everyone else in your life this Valentine’s Day, be sure to take a moment to appreciate yourself. “Phenomenal Woman?” That’s you!
(1) Heart graphic in my Happy Valentine’s Day Greeting is from http://www.briderose.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/red-rose-heart-3.jpg
(2) The Valentine’s Day holiday explained at Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day
(3) “Venus at a Mirror” circa 1615 painting by Paul Rubens found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rubens_Venus_at_a_Mirror_c1615.jpg
(5) Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994). And the poem was found online at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178942