With my birthday and Valentine’s day in the same week, there are treats everywhere I look. While I can’t complain about the gluttony and greed this time of year brings me, I am overwhelmed by how much love there has been. I celebrated my birthday with three of my best friends from college, who continue to teach me the meaning of true love. Meanwhile, my kids continue to grow in their sibling relationship and have started offering each other kisses, which is quite possibly the best thing I have ever seen. I received calls, gifts, texts, and Facebook messages from such a wide community that I was truly humbled. So while I made origami Valentine’s cards for my son’s classmates and baked two dozen cupcakes for the residents in my office, I reminded myself that this week is more about sweet moments than it is sweets.
This year I would like to use the love I have seen this week as an inspiration to love more. As a mother, I couldn’t love my children more, but I would like to role model love more often for them. As a physician, I strive for mindfulness in my clinical practice that will remind me in times of stress the things that I love about my work. As a wife, I hope to understand the languages of love. As a daughter, niece, cousin, and sister, I wish to declare my love before it is too late. Lastly, as a friend, I promise to return the love that has been given to me.
“Think of love as a state of grace; not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end in itself.” — Love in the Time of Cholera