Love and Passion Behind Saint Valentine’s Day Plus Unusual Gifts for Your Special Valentine

Saint Valentine’s Day goes back nearly 2000 years and on that day couples have given each other precious tokens of their love. So, today, let us look at the love and passion behind Saint Valentine’s Day plus unusual gifts for your special valentine.

In fact, there really was a Saint Valentine. He lived in the 3rd Century A.D. and died on February 14, 270. As far back as we know, lovers exchanged gifts on the anniversary of his death.

In the 16th and 17th Centuries, popular Valentine gifts were garters and gloves. Other gifts included flowers, heart-shaped objects, and self-portraits. In 18th Century France, young people were called out of their houses to join a village festival where they were to seek out their “Valentine” in the crowd.

Around 1750, the Valentine card came into fashion. Hand-made and very ornate, the card was decorated with lace, gold, and paintings of flowers. It also bore a passionate love poem. The hand-made card continued for about 100 years until the manufactured card gradually took its place. It, too, was ornate, and heavy with shells, flowers, and lace surrounding golden cupids.

And now, which token of love will you present to your beloved? To give you some ideas, let us look at a few unusual gifts.

1) Personal Chef – What could be more wonderful than coming home to a dinner fit for a king or queen every night? Since your Valentine is royalty in your eyes, such a meal would be befitting. You can hire a chef to come to the house to cook the food or have the pre-cooked meal delivered and ready to serve. Hire the service for two weeks to one month.

2) Oil Portrait of Your Valentine – Capture the beauty or the handsomeness of your beloved in an oil portrait. This does not have to be an expensive gift. There are top-rated art students who produce outstanding paintings. It usually takes 4 sittings of 3 hours each. Visit art schools and local galleries to find the most gifted artists. Your Valentine will love you for it.

3) Amazing Name Scroll – Present your beloved with a painting of his or her first name. This beautiful scroll includes the first name, a history of the name and its meaning, and famous people who bear that name. All this is finely lettered against the background of a painting or a crest. The scroll is ready for framing. Accompanying the scroll is a free gift you will treasure.

4) Personalized Jewelry or Accessories – For her, an exquisite brooch in the shape of her sign of the zodiac is sure to thrill her. This brooch could be in gold and studded with pearls, sapphires, or other gemstones. Inside the piece, have a short message from you engraved. For him, a pair of gold cufflinks might be the perfect gift. Have his initials engraved on the cufflinks.

5) Champagne and Glasses – Celebrate your love with champagne. And, drink your champagne from champagne flutes engraved with both your names or initials. Champagne always turns an occasion into a time to remember with a special expression of love.

Well that is about it. Perhaps, you got some ideas from this article about the love and passion behind Saint Valentine’s Day plus unusual gifts for your special Valentine. Have a wonderful celebration and make it a memorable day for the both of you.

Love Can Be a Table For One

Once again, it’s that time of year and Cupid the ridiculous rug rat in a diaper will be letting arrows fly indiscriminately. If you are smart, then you will HIDE and hope that one doesn’t come your way. Yup that’s right, I did say hope. Why? Because he is a baby, what does HE know about who is right for you? You could end up with a monkey for all you know. In fact, it might be preferable at that.

Oh wait, YOU believe in the whole red roses and chocolate thing and It’s depressing because you think that no one cares enough to buy you anything? Buy some for yourself. Make it a gorgeous bouquet, one worthy of someone you love deeply. Come on, if you can’t love you, who else is going too?

OK so you bought into the whole arrow with your name on it, in his quiver thing? No worries. This is really a blessing in disguise, and once you stop crying, I will tell you why. First, it is so much better to fly solo and be happy than to be with someone just to have them and be miserable. YES IT IS, and that is not just a platitude to keep the chunky folks happy. This is the truth. Oh and before you call PETA or whoever else you might call when you get all up in arms about stuff, I was referring to those individuals who will be downing B & Js Chunky Monkey on sweet Valentines day. Remember I told you I would rather be with a Monkey. I don’t lie.

Now, get yourself together. You don’t need curli-locks or his silly holiday. Think, has Valentines Day EVER been fun or has it always filled with the angst of “what if? What if you find yourself alone? What if you break up just days before, should you get back together for those few days? Now who looks silly?

Come on, maybe, VDAY was fun in Grade 2,but that was only because our teacher made us give out Valentines to the WHOLE class so everyone was sure to go home with 26 cards. I will admit I used to LOVE picking out the box of cards, and figure out which of my friends deserved the REALLY good ones.

Are you worried that you might not find the perfect someone for you in time? That same ‘Time’ that is running out on your attractiveness meter?

Well you can stop worrying. There is no Geneva Convention or ‘warranty’ time out, on the time issue. At every age and every stage of your life, be ready for love, because it can find you anywhere, and I am sure, that when it does, You will seem like the most beautiful or handsome and ‘WELCOME’ addition to their world. So don’t fear, you can put that issue to bed. My grandmother met her second husband at the tender age of 75, (the groom was 84) while they were both visiting their respective partners graves. See!! Proof!

What’s next?

You aren’t you lovable enough? Who told you that crap? GET DOWN. Come on, right now. We are going to STOP this nonsense! This is EXTREME NLP. Give me 5 right now. PUSH UPS what else? Plus 5 reasons why YOU are lovable.

Does your dog or cat like you? Mine thinks I am pretty OK and he is a great judge of character, (ok he lets anyone in with food, but so do I, don’t you?).

I figure if I am good enough for the dog, he is leaps ahead of some of the men I have dated, so by that reasoning I must be ok, right?

Anyway, really, what do you need with someone else when you have yourself? Isn’t that what the ‘experts’ tell you? Learn to love yourself. If you don’t, who will?

Well I don’t know about you but I can convince myself for a few minutes anyway that I am reasonably attractive, presumably intelligent, can still see my feet and have a great sense of humor. I bet you are too!

I am sure that we both know how easy it is to make up all sorts of excuses why no one should like us, wouldn’t like us, or couldn’t possibly like us, but they would be very lies, and lying is technically and morally wrong.

I know that there is nothing wrong with you except lack of confidence and low self esteem. In fact, I want you to admit that you are responsible for being single right now. That’s it come on, take back your power.

You are single because you haven’t found anyone worthy of you. Anyone who has similar values, or moral code, or Anyone who will talk into the wee hours of the night and really share their feelings or make you laugh until your sides hurt or make love to you until your body aches. Ok, well maybe you have found one person with ONE of these qualities but not all of them. I mean you wouldn’t be that dumb to let them go now would you? Didn’t think so.

So why not honor the person who deserves your love the most this holiday. Besides when you really think of it, wouldn’t it be safer to be alone on a holiday whose initials are VD?):

I promise to love me and treat me with the kindness and respect I deserve. I know that I would never accept the type of abuse from anyone else that I give to myself. Why should I accept it from me? Why should you?

If you are single and feeling like Love will never come your way then please stand up right now, look at yourself in the mirror and realize, that love is a part of you everyday. Love is the way you wear your comfy pj’s. Love is the coffee you made yourself this morning. Love is that pretty bracelet you put on today and love is the way you made yourself get up and go to work.

Love is the home you made for yourself, love is the friends you nurture and love is the family you keep in touch with. Love is brushing your teeth, combing your hair and reading a great book. Love is not worrying about whether you will ever find a mate. LOVE is looking after you and making sure you live your life to the fullest enjoyment possible, and that means whether or not a man or a woman is part of it or not. It means being ready and able to accept love when it knocks at your door but for today, Love means taking yourself out on a Special Valentines Date. Today I love you and I love me. Love is saying,”Waiter, a Table for One Please!”

At the critical juncture

of all human relationships,

There is only ONE question,

” What would love do now?”

No other question has any

relevance to your soul.

Hear someone (* YOURSELF)

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Healthy Heart – Healthy Life – Here’s The How-To’s

Many National and International organizations consider February Heart Month.

Their focus is to generate funds and to promote, encourage, and support us to live happy, healthy lives. The campaign espouses conscious awareness of eating habits, physical activity habits, and stress-inducing habits, including that nasty habit called “work.” They encourage healthy-heart habits so we can be active, productive, and successful members of society.

I suggest we add another healthy-heart habit of consistently sharing love with everyone we meet. Maybe that’s where Cupid fits in.

In Roman mythology, Cupid was the god of love and was deemed to have set the universe in motion. Depicted as a handsome and playful youth, he flew around shooting invisible love arrows. Anyone hit immediately experienced irrevocable love.

I believe irreversible and everlasting love can set our universe in motion. That’s what happened for me. Love allows us to experience immense joy, happiness, and success in all areas of life.

If love comes from the heart, it seems a wise choice to take care of the precious love machine in our chest as promoted this month.

As mentioned above, it’s about habits. Most of us live largely by unconscious habits. We sleep on the same side of the bed, brush our teeth and hair with the same strokes and order, button our shirt up or button it down, put the left leg into our pants first, then the right or vice versa. We have tons of these habits that help us do mundane tasks without much thought.

Because of perceived workplace demands, we may develop work habits that throw our state of balance out of whack, such as:

  • going to the office one or two hours early
  • skipping mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks
  • reducing or eliminating lunch breaks
  • working late into the evening, and
  • working on weekends.

Statistics show that people are working more hours per week than ever in history. How do these work habits affect our other living habits?

“I don’t have time for proper meals. I grab a coffee and donut on the way to work. A quick burger and fries is all I have time for at lunch. I skip supper and snack when I get home.”

“Yeah, I know I should exercise. I’ll start an exercise program soon.” (Does soon come before or after November? And what year?)

“I know I should take quality relationship time with my life-partner, children, and friends. But I just don’t have time.”

Do any of these sound familiar for you?

Many people make their life choices based upon their work. Yes, work is important, however if we sacrifice our personal relationships and destroy our bodies for work, we’ve missed the point of life.

Work will always be there. Even if you lose your job or business, there is always work for those who want it.

Our bodies and relationships are much more fragile. If we drop them, they break.

If we abuse and atrophy our bodies, we may find ourselves spending our work-won wealth to gain back our health – at least so we can function. Often it takes a stress-induced heart attack, stroke, or sickness to teach us this lesson.

If we mistreat and obliterate our relationships, we may end up feeling sick, lonely, frustrated, resentful, and angry. Dis-heartened? Interesting description!

I believe that building and enhancing our relationships is the most important work we can do. With healthy, happy relationships, the rest will fall in order.

So my challenge for you, should you choose to accept it, is to employ Heart Month to consciously accelerate that love machine into high gear. Here are thoughts to consider:

Determine your most important relationships. Who are the people you want in your life – the ones that help your ticker to twitter? Write their names on a list – no more than 6 or 8 names. Put your own name as the first one. Loving yourself is critical. If you can’t love yourself, you’ll never be able to love anyone else.

Evaluate your work habits. Do these habits support you to build and nurture your important relationships? Are you using work as an excuse – to avoid being with, and communicating with those important people? Can you establish boundaries for yourself in regard to your work – to ensure ample high-quality relationship time? Set reasonable expectations for what you will accomplish each day. Plan for success.

Evaluate your eating habits. Are you eating healthy-heart foods in an amount that elevate your health? If not, what eating habits are you going to consciously develop? The media is full of hints this month, or check with a nutritionist. Eating properly ensures passion, vitality, and stamina. Work with those important people and support each other to establish new eating habits.

Evaluate your physical fitness habits. You can start an exercise program or simply get outside and walk. Invite those important people to join you. Go skating, skiing, or tobogganing. The possibilities are endless. These activities get the blood pumping and I guarantee you’ll have opportunities to laugh. Laughing is incredible exercise.

A long-term commitment to these challenges will ensure your ticker-in-the-chest will boom and bloom in a variety of ways. You’ll experience more love, joy, and happiness. You’re relationships will flourish. You’ll feel energized, alive, and alert. And you’ll have the physical and mental strength to excel in your work – to accomplish far more in less time.

Creating new habits takes conscious thought and focus, and the benefits can be cosmic. Start now and Cupid’s arrows will surely fly your way.

Why wait for spring? Do it now. And persist – just for the health of it.

Copyright 2008