Valentine Day: When Intangible Feelings transforms into Material Things

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With the month of February, the season of love draws nearer and love seems to be surfacing in the air as it starts mushrooming in the hearts of budding lovers. And for the rest of the ignorant ones, there are billboards, TV channels, and shops that constantly remind that Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year to win the …hearts of your loved ones but of course with their special V-day products which will work a magic.

V-day is a day when the rare, pure feelings of a person takes the form of flowers, chocolates and stuffed toys and then are wrapped in splendid sheets to present it to the dear ones. As the real feelings remain intangible, so they must be donned with alluring things to give the feelings a physical look in order to verify the existence of the personal feelings with roses and cards which have little to do with the genuine passion.

Thanks to a concerted quantity of advertising endeavor, that Valentine’s Day is now celebrated with more fervor

From the roadside florist to the telecom companies, from the lavish restaurant to the trendy gift shop, everyone compels you to celebrate the day.
The florist does it by asking you to buy their extra-special flowers for someone special while the restaurant and shops compels you to buy things by offering discounts, delicious delights & the adorable gifts.

In fact, the telecom companies have the most interesting ways to celebrate V-day convincing you to use their service to express your love. ‘Are you sure that he/she loves you? Or is he/she is the right person or not? Find out by simply typing @!$# and send to your telecom operator..’ And if luckily you are sure about the one you love, the how about sending a ‘sweet voice message or dedicating a song to your loved one?’

Valentine’s Day is believed to be the largest commercial day of the year when the “advertising agency compels the people to show their affection by purchasing things that they really don’t need or want, like the huge teddy bears”

Flowers and especially red roses are sold like hot cakes on this day because ‘If you have a valentine and you didn’t receive flowers, what a shame! It means he might not even love you truly’ is the stereotypical girl thinking.

According to an estimate 110 million roses (mostly red) are sold for Valentine’s and about 73 percent of them are bought by men. While an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sent each year and about 85 percent of them are bought by women.

Chocolates in all different kinds and shapes are considered the essential meal of the day, such as chocolate bars, chocolate ice creams, and chocolate muffins.

V-Day is also considered as the day when Cupid is all set to make a hole in your pocket and jewelery is one of the costly gifts that men turn to in order to prove their love to their spouses/girlfriends.

According to a report, the biggest portion of the earnings of the shops come from the greeting cards, followed by flowers, chocolates, toys, and from some of the expensive material like jewelry (rings, bracelets, necklaces), readymade garments, and cell phones.

An interesting fact is that not only the teenagers, but mature couples are also head over heels in love, on V-day especially.

While the whole town seems to be celebrating love by exchanging gifts, few people are of the view that love is a priceless feeling which should be celebrated every day and should not be confined to one day.

“Valentine’s day is for those shallow minds who restrict celebration/expression of being in love to just one day. Love is a precious feeling, has to be celebrated every day, every minute”

Over the years, the romantic rituals on V-day have almost turned the passion of a human being into a commodity, and I wonder why do people buy these costly adorable gifts or greetings cards with sugar-coated words. It’s not because they want to show how they feel. Why is it important to show one’s love through presents and not words?
Because people do want to show how they feel. They use things to convey feelings so because either they are not sure about their feelings or perhaps too shy to or afraid to make up words of their own.

Valentine’s Day is an occasion to celebrate love which means thoughtful words, deep listening, generous actions, forgiveness and patience -these are gifts of the heart which money can’t buy.

I believe, if you are truly in love with anyone whether your spouse, your parents or your friends, it is your attitude which conveys the actual feelings and not those costly presents which might have no literal utility purpose at all. It is your care, your affection, your words that matters and not just on some particular day but all the year round!

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Love Story by Mark Stevens

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There was a time …yes there was… When great business people created extraordinary companies not on numbers or Wall Street green lights or the promise of personal wealth…

but instead on the power of love.
What?

We are so removed from this ideal now, that this seems like a fantasy. A dream, actually, like nonsense. But hold on cowboys and cowgirls, it’s true. Not in movies or novels but the cold reality of day.

Walt Disney was not a businessman first, he was a lover. Of ideas. Same for Henry Ford, and Ralph Lauren, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, And Mary Kay.

Miracle men and women such as these fell in intoxication with ideas and then acted to bring their ideas to life. Did they become wealthy in the process? Absolutely. But did they do it for the money? Absolutely not. They did it for the love of the idea. For the realization that life is short and the spoils go to those who dream, love and take risks for the sake of their romance. Disney wanted to create a world of imagination. A world humanity could get lost in. Was it a sure shot then? The raving lover that he was didn’t give a damn.

Neither should you. Or I. Great companies, spiritual companies, dreaming companies, genius companies, world changing companies are not founded and grown by MBAs. They are cultivated like desert flowers by lovers.

Throw away your spread sheets for a moment and fall in love. Take a chance. Risk failure. But be driven by love. Sooner or later you will find excellence. The speed bumps along the way are simply the price all lovers pay.

Do not judge from mere appearances

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“Do not judge from mere appearances…” – Edwin Hubbel Chapin

For too long our world has made judgments about others on faulty criteria.

As a result, we’ve championed, promoted, and followed some wrong people along the way.

We’ve judged others on the color of their skin, symmetry of their cheek bones, salary package, neighborhood of residence, eloquence of speech, designer of clothing, or model of car.

We’ve been focused on the wrong things.

And have made some terribly awful judgments along the way – both personally and collectively.

VIRTUE

 

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VIRTUE in not one thing; it is a cluster of many noble things.

It is humility in victory; no gloating or taunting in the defeat of an opponent.

It is silence in suffering; no whimpering or whining to others over the unfairness of our trials.

It is generosity in wealth; no hoarding of great riches in excess of reason, while others suffer great excess of want.

Virtue is kindness in power; no cruelty and indifference to those who look to you for leadership.

It is decisiveness in crisis; no waffling, or shifting, nor shirking of responsibilities.

It is courage in battle; no cowering in fear while others take the hit.

Virtue is grace in greatness.

May you in all things at all times be known as a virtuous person