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Matters of the Heart

Written by Liz Barker

Most of us think of February as a blah month. Well, at least those of us in cold weather states. When I visited Florida on my book tour recently, the Florida Fems told me that February is a boom town down there with the influx of snow birds. Here though, February, smack in the middle of our winter, is like a hangover from the December and New Year’s festivities.

But, I realized as I sat to write this that, although it’s the shortest month of the year, it features a number of occasions and designations: Groundhog Day, Leap year (which only happens every 4 yrs.), Mardi Gras, Heart Awareness month, Black History month, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Wow, it is a happening month after all.

The most popular event of course is Valentine’s Day. And while it is great to be loved by others, especially a partner, children or other family members, Whitney Houston summed it up best with her song lyrics in “The Greatest Love of All”. If you don’t practice self–love and self-respect, it potentially sets a precedent for others’ behaviors and interactions with you. Draw the line, set your standards, whatever you want to call it, just do it.

So, go ahead, practice some self-indulgence and self-love this Valentine’s Day without guilt. Choose something special that you will enjoy whether it is an activity, food, or buying a treat. Enjoy!

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

~ Whitney Houston

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