Quotes are amazing things. I love quotes. They provide you with a gist of what a book or article is about without having to actually read the whole thing. They provide comfort in times of sorrow, explanation where none other is to be found, solace in the midst of loneliness and just the right amount of disturbance whenever the situation calls for it. You can look up a quote for just about anything and any occasion, to help you through a hard time or to remind you just how far God has brought you in life.
Today is Valentine's Day, a day of love and affection for many. But I think it's also a day of sorrow, longing and deep reflection for perhaps even more...whether you've lost someone to death or to life (whoa). If you already know that you're going to be struggling with difficult feelings today, it's likely that this day used to mean something to you that it no longer can. So today, in the midst of all the unwarranted lovey-dovey-ness you're bound to encounter- whether at work, on social media, at the grocery store (a dozen roses for only $15!), or on TV when you're trying to relax at home after the day is over, please be sure to find some time for yourself.
Because you're not alone.
Make today a day that you place the focus on yourself. Practice some self love, whether that be taking a bubble bath, snuggling up with a blanket and a warm cup of tea, or listening to your favorite song over and over. Give your pet some extra love today. Buy yourself dinner (and maybe that dozen roses for only $15). Open your Bible and melt into the peace and true love that only God can provide.
And maybe read a couple of these quotes to help get your started.
8 Quotes on Love and Loss ~ Valentine's Day Edition
Here are just 8 quotes that have resonated with me in one way or another throughout my life thus far. I hope they bless you as you read them, too, from your own perspective and in your own way. Links are included where I could find them so that you can read/listen to the sources too, if you want. We all understand words differently and take our own messages away from what we read or hear (especially on days like today), so with that in mind, let's begin.
1. "The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal. To deny that loss is to deny that love." C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
2. "When I see you smile, it's like an innocent smile; it's such a beautiful smile. It's one of those smiles...that I only see in my dreams." Blue October, Things We Don't Know About
3. "What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our life haven't even happened yet." Anne Frank
4. "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you." John 16:22
5. "Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." Emily Dickinson
6. "It's only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasoning can be found." A Beautiful Mind
7. "I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country of no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question, 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is here in my heart and mind and memories.'" Maya Angelou, When I Think of Death
8. "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." Winnie the Pooh