It’s only fitting that I post something about love, two days before Valentine’s Day. I won’t bore you with past heartaches and heartbreaks or even moan about spending Single Awareness Day aka Valentines Day without a companion. Instead, I hope to inspire you and encourage you to love yourself and those around you.
I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Dr. Maya Angelou and hearing her speak on several occasions. A few months ago, a friend of mine sent me this clip by Maya Angelou – Love Liberates. After listening, it was as if the caged bird had been released and took off in flight. Love liberates, it doesn’t bind. That’s what stuck with me. The so called pain I’ve experienced with love wasn’t truly love because love liberates.
Dr. Angelou spoke of her mother, and it reminded me of mine. My mother loves me unconditionally and with every fiber in her body. Our journey is flavored with poverty and despair but it’s also colored with miracles, dreams, and lots of happiness. One of the main lessons from my mom is how to identify those who are in my love circle. I have an amazing family that consists of siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. I have a core group of best friends with more than 20 plus years of friendship. I have new friends who enrich my life beyond words. I have amazing professional colleagues who go above and beyond. All of these people love me unconditionally flaws and all. They also believe in me, build me up, and help me when I stumble.
I’ve spent too many years focusing on the love that wasn’t, instead of basking in the love that was! My advice to you is simple…do what makes you happy! Enjoy the people, places, and things around you! Soak up your circle of love with love that liberates. Let go of any and everything that binds you! Let this Valentines be the year that you love yourself more than you ever have before and you love those in your love circle! And in case nodbody else tells you, I love you today and everyday!