For Valentine Lovers Without A Valentine Line

I created this scroll for a post a couple years ago but thought there might be a few who just can’t come up with the right line for their valentine. Here are 50 from the past that you can pick and choose from. Please …don’t confine yourself to only one …wonder awaits!

I hope you enjoy 50 Shades of Love, and Happy Valentine’s Day with love to all.

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50 Shades of Love from Paul Mark Sutherland

  1. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. —Victor Hugo
  2. Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. —Plato
  3. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. —Nicholas Sparks
  4. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. —Mother Teresa
  5. Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
    —Zelda Fitzgerald
  6. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. —Elbert Hubbard
  7. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. —Robert A. Heinlein
  8. You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand. —L.J. Smith
  9. For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. —Judy Garland
  10. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu
  11. Where there is love there is life. —Mahatma Ghandi
  12. Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. —Emily Dickinson
  13. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others… —John Lennon
  14. I love you, and it’s getting worse. —Joseph Morris
  15. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. —Pablo Neruda
  16. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. —Aristotle
  17. If you love someone, put their name in a circle not a heart, because a heart can be broken, but a circle goes on forever. —Brian Littrell
  18. If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever. —Alfred Tennyson
  19. Love is a game that two can play and both win. —Eva Gabor
  20. I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.
    —Victor Hugo
  21. When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. —Jess C. Scott
  22. Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. —Ursula K. LeGuin
  23. There’s this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It’s the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me. —Gretchen Kemp
  24. Come sleep with me, we won’t make love, love will make us. —Julio Cortázar
  25. Morning without you is a dwindled dawn. —Emily Dickinson
  26. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
    —Maya Angelou
  27. The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
    —W. Somerset Maugham
  28. Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone. —Mitch Albom
  29. Where there is great love, there are always miracles. —Willa Cather
  30. Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence. —David Byrne
  31. I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary. —Margaret Atwood
  32. I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath. —Lisa Kleypas
  33. If I know what love is, it is because of you. —Hermann Hesse
  34. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love. —Sophocles
  35. Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky. —Hafiz
  36. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. —Mother Teresa
  37. Who, being loved, is poor? —Oscar Wilde
  38. Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself. —Leo Buscaglia
  39. I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
    —Paulo Coelho
  40. If you have love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have. —James Barrie
  41. Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable. —Mahatma Gandhi
  42. Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. —Louisa May Alcott
  43. The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. —Henry Miller
  44. To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three-parts dead.
    —Bertrand Russell
  45. The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
    —Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  46. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  47. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. —Oscar Wilde 
  48. In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. —Janos Arany
  49. I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
    —Roy Croft
  50. I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you …and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine. —Laurell K. Hamilton
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Giving Without Cost

Here are six ways we can give ourselves away daily without cost.

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Beautiful words that are often attributed to Francis of Assisi, however the actual author is unknown. They first appeared in print over one hundred years ago as part of a prayer titled Peace Prayer. Our world is still in dire need of each.

Please contribute today. Thank you.

Enjoy!

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

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Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.org

14 Less Traditional Ways To Give Love On Valentine’s Day …or Any Day

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Choose one …or a bunch!

  1. Deliver candy, balloons, or cards to a local disability day care facility.
  2. Give food to a local food pantry — call first to find out what their pressing needs are.
  3. Go to a busy building that doesn’t have automatic doors and be the doorman/woman for 30 minutes. Smile at everyone and wish each a good day. If anyone asks why you’re doing what you’re doing, tell them, with a big smile, because it’s Valentine’s Day.
  4. Deliver one or two dozen heart shaped cookies to an elderly couple or individual living in your neighborhood. Make sure you introduce yourself and get their names if you haven’t already. Also, make sure you leave a couple of really big smiles, and a compliment or two.
  5. Spend 30 minutes visiting someone in a nursing home facility who doesn’t receive regular visitors. Ask the staff, they’ll let you know whom to visit. Don’t go at dinner/supper time.
  6. Create or buy six Valentine cards and deliver them to a local nursing home. Write some fun, funny, or sentimental things inside. Leave them unsealed and unaddressed. Take them to the administration office or nurse station and ask if they would select six individuals and deliver them. They can add the person’s name and seal the envelope. (they’ll need to look inside envelopes from strangers — even nice strangers)
  7. Deliver one or two dozen heart shaped cookies to the staff at a local DMV or post office. (or, make four dozen and combine numbers 4 and 7)
  8. Tell someone that you love them — someone that you love very much, but you haven’t actually told them in quite some time.
  9. Volunteer at a free meal site for a couple of hours. Usually, they can always use additional help.
  10. Donate some of your valued and useful clothes to a local clothing distribution center that serves struggling individuals and families. Current season clothing is always best.
  11. Smile and say hello to every person you make eye contact with for the entire day. Hold the eye contact for at least three seconds.
  12. Help two people who appear to be struggling to accomplish a task (sweep, shovel, load a vehicle, etc., if you looking for the opportunity to help, you’ll find it).
  13. Refrain from saying ANYTHING negative about ANY individual for the entire day — including YOURSELF.
  14. Call an elderly relative or individual who has had a positive impact in your earlier life. Choose someone you haven’t talked with for some time, let them know that you were thinking of them, and are grateful for the influence they had in your life.

Note: If you partake in one or more of these love-filled gifts, they’ll be one additional love recipient …you!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

National Bird Day (and Trees)

Today is National Bird Day whose purpose is to emphasize the importance of the protection and survival of birds both captive and wild.

In solidarity, a re-post of one of my favorites.

Enjoy!

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A Christmas Candle

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A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, but softly gives itself away.
–Eva Logue

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Thank you to each and every of my online friends and colleagues. You are special people in my world. May the joy and peace of Christmastime be your special companion this holiday season and throughout the coming new year.  —Paul Mark Sutherland

 

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Thank Yourself

A Very Personal Act Of Thanksgiving

To achieve a life of success, no matter how you define it, gratitude is imperative …we all know this. But, our gratitude must also extend to our self. It’s easy for us to forget that. We shouldn’t.

Like me, you may have heard people express regrets as they approach the winter of their years about their shortcomings and failures. Often they are disappointed that their lives didn’t quite turn out they way they had planned, had expected, or had hoped. Most of us enter adulthood full of ideas, spirit, energy, and grand intentions. It seems at the time that we are eternal, if not immortal.

We eventually discover, however, that while life can be fun and engaging, it also becomes progressively more challenging when dealing with finances, careers, families, responsibilities, losses, and so much more. Most of us do an admirable job navigating the changes and challenges. We work hard and do what we feel is the right thing. We set goals and lay out life plans, but often find it increasingly more difficult to stay on track. We find that the years pass faster than we imagined they could. We learn to grow with our years and deal with our tears. Maybe we feel that we will never be able to make the mark that we had planned.

As I write this, the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”comes to mind. As Mr. Holland, portrayed by Richard Dreyfuss, approaches the end of his career, seemingly disappointed with his mundane accomplishments in work and life, he is presented with evidence that his work ethic and compassion over the years have made a mark much more meaningful than he thought. This opus ends with quite a crescendo.  (If per chance you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend that you do. It is a very moving and uplifting film.)

No matter what you have achieved in life …or haven’t, Max Ehrman, author of “Desiderata,” penned a poem called “A Prayer” that makes it a bit easier for us to accept ourselves for who we are, and to thank ourselves for our efforts in life.

Enjoy, and please do be thankful to yourself for yourself.

A  PRAYER
by Max Ehrman

Let me do my work each day;
And if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
May I not forget the strength that comforted me
In the desolation of other times.

May I still remember the bright hours that found me
Walking over the silent hills of my childhood,
Or dreaming on the margin of the quiet river,
When a light glowed within me,
And I promised my early God to have courage
Amid the tempests of the changing years. 

Spare me from bitterness
And from the sharp passions of unguarded moments.
May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.

Though the world knows me not,
May my thoughts and actions be such
As shall keep me friendly with myself.

Lift my eyes from the earth,
And let me not forget the uses of the stars.
Forbid that I should judge others,
Lest I condemn myself.
Let me not follow the clamor of the world,
But walk calmly in my path.

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;
And keep ever burning before my vagrant steps
The kindly light of hope.

And though age and infirmity overtake me,
And I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams,
Teach me still to be thankful for life,
And for time’s olden memories that are good and sweet;
And may the evening’s twilight find me gentle still.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all. (even  if it’s not a holiday for you today)  🙂