Many people believe that Valentine’s Day was dreamt up by businesses—like candy shops, jewelry and greeting card stores, florists, and restaurants—in order to make money.
But I believe that any day that makes us stop and think about the people who are important to us is a day worth honoring.
It was February a year or two ago, right around Valentine’s Day. I was listening to national public radio when a song came on. It was “Gandhi/Buddha,” composed by Cheryl Wheeler, and I had to stop and listen to every word.
Here are the chorus lyrics, which so perfectly communicate the gratitude I feel for the people in my life:
I must’ve been Gandhi or Buddha or someone like that,
I must’ve saved lives by the hundreds everywhere I went.
I must’ve brought rest to the restless,
fed the hungry too.
I must’ve done something great to get to have you.
May you have a happy Valentine’s Day, and may your life be full of people you care about.