May 1st Global Love Day
All you need is love, or so say the Beatles. The idea behind Global Love Day is that we should all love our neighbors, whether they are next door or halfway around the world. It is humanity we are talking about here. The idea is nice, whether we are ever able to accomplish this feat or not remains to be seen. The day’s creator, Harold Becker created the day in 2004. Love comes from understanding and accepting cultures… and from never having to say you’re sorry! It’s interesting that the love of one’s own culture and the lack of respect for another’s is generally what brings about war.
How to celebrate – Love everybody! Treat others as you would have them treat you. Learn about other cultures.
Today is the day set aside for lover’s. Now most of us think lover’s are people who are drawn to each other but there is more to being a lover than just how you feel about another person. It applies to anything that you love, animals, plants, books, tennis, baseball, music, movies… it can go on and on. The general idea is that anything to love, love to see or love to do is celebrated today. And I suppose it is possible to love many things all at the same time. This does not include things you like a lot, you have to love them!
How to celebrate – List everything you love. Spend a little time with everything you love today. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with!
Remember back when the only way to get a card was through the mail or hand delivered for a special occasion? It was such a joy to receive a card from someone for the holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and sometimes… just for no reason at all. The world has changed, today email and digital cards are more popular and probably more practical. However, they don’t actually mean the same thing. You can’t put them up on your mantel or display them for others to see (well you can if you print them out or make them your desktop background). There is something special about getting a card from someone, it’s even better if it’s from someone you know.
How to celebrate – Send someone a card today. Go to the store and read through all the cards in the card section. Start writing your own cards.
Most of us have some kind of pet, a dog, a cat, a bird even a fish. The list can go on and on, I even had a pet bull once in my life (no I won’t explain). The thing about animals are, they can be, and generally are, that friend that we don’t ever have to explain anything to, that doesn’t care what we look like when we get up, or pass judgement in some of our worst moments. They are our friends, our babies, and sometimes a reflection of who we are. So stop and let your pet know you love them. They do that every time they see you.
How to celebrate – Give your pet a hug today (unless your pet is a fish). Give your pet a treat for no reason at all. Spend the day with your pet, you won’t regret it.
We can thank the Romans for today as they honored their God of Fertility at the Feast of Lupercalia. We celebrate love today by giving gifts to the person we love. It seems old hat that we give candy or flowers, but what is older than love? It does make me wonder what Adam gave Eve for Valentine’s Day, but then the Romans hadn’t been around yet so maybe he lucked out because I don’t think candy had been invented yet. Maybe he gave her a new fig leaf. Anyway, give your loved one a reminder that you love them and that your life would not be the same without them.
How to celebrate – Honor the one you love. Give some original thought gift. Visit Rome.
Are you thankful for the things and people in your life? You should be because you would not have what you have, or be who you are, without them. Today was created by the International East-West Center in Hawaii during a Thanksgiving Feast in 1965. Most of us are thankful for our families, for being able to enjoy those things in life that make us happy, and for the freedom to strive for those things that make us happy. We can’t always have them, but you should be thankful for even having the right to try for them. Life is what you make it, you might as well make it the best you can, and be grateful to those who have helped you along the way.
How to celebrate – Thank the people around you for being who they are. Do something to make someone else happy. Do what you need to to make yourself happy.
Have an argument with a loved one? Well today is your time to kiss and make up. I do not suggest this if your loved one is a Bengal Tiger but, your choice. I do know of people who fight just so that they can kiss and make up, again I do not recommend this. Why fight in the first place? Fighting never gains anything for anyone. Do you ever remember winning a fight? I don’t. Still, the kissing part can be cool. Now I am no fool, I know people are bound to fight… it’s just the way of things. But maybe, if you kiss first, you won’t have that fight! Think about it…
How to celebrate – Kiss someone you are having a fight with. Talk things out, don’t fight. Kiss first, fight later.