Valentine’s Day

So much negativity when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I challenge you all today start thinking positively about Valentine’s Day…if you are not already. Valentine’s Day can be fun for couples as well as singles. Sure it may not be a real holiday and cupid may never have existed but that doesn’t mean that we can’t lighten up a little and let one day a year be devoted to love.

Single?

Single on this holiday is really no big deal. Being single does not mean you need to be anti-valentine’s day or anti-social. Instead of having bitter thoughts about Valentine’s Day, have sweet thoughts. This world could always use a little more love. Give Valentine’s Day a chance. You really do not need a boyfriend or girlfriend to celebrate this holiday. Do one thing a day that scares you and maybe today trying that thing that scares you will be something to do with a crush.  Text that one person that you have a crush with a “Happy Valentine’s Day” text. What is the worst that can happen? They don’t reply…guess what? Life goes on. You will always have your family and friends to be there for you and there are always more people out there that care for you then you think.  

Couples

This day doesn’t have to be perfect. Throw any stress out the window about this day. As long as you take a moment to tell your significant other why you appreciate them…that is all that counts. Stress on this day will only cause your day to be a non-memorable one. What will be memorable are the small things that you take in and truly appreciate. Big things can be memorable too, but if your Valentine’s Day is being planned last minute then really focus in on the little things in life such as walking your girlfriend or boyfriend to class, surprising them with a ride to school in the morning, coming to see them on your breaks with their favorite snacks, leaving a love note under their pillow, or in the windshield of their car and more.

Overall – Take time on Valentine’s Day

Take time this day to recognize the people you love, or even the person walking past you on campus.  We all want to be loved and to love is one of the greatest gifts you can give…and receive.  Love doesn’t have to be BIG; it can be small, simple, quaint, subtle treasures. I heard a story once and I am going to share it with you…

In Washington, DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.  

After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule. About 4 minutes later: The violinist received his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk .At 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.  

At 10 minutes a 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  

This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes the musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32. After 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  

Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $200 each to sit and listen to him play the same music. This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

  • In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
  •  If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
  • Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . . How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

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