wpid-Happy-Valentines-Day.jpegDo you think Valentine?s Day is highly misconstrued? How we gush out to profess our love to someone and climb extraordinary heights just in an attempt to express our in-depth affection for the person because it is a day of love. Is it a day reserved specially for lovers and somewhat love birds? Is that all to February 14? To a far extent we have massaged the celebration to allow promiscuity and indulgence in demeaning acts. The thrills and bliss for which this celebration should stand for have been flooded with conscienceless gimmicks and corrupted creed. Isn?t it disheartening enough how we have totally forgotten the narrative thus if even we are mindful of it and totally sidelined the essence of the celebration?

The story is told of a man called Valentine who went the extra mile to marry soldiers though it was prohibited as at that time. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died. The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of The Emperor. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison. One of the men who were to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result. In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”
The contents ?of the letter may not have been disclosed but it is believed to have been a farewell-love letter. So what is Valentine?s Day really about? One thing obviously is that it travels beyond just having something to show forth as a token of love to someone. There comes a moment in our lives we have to lay down our life upon the line for what we believe in. Valentine believed in love so the essence of the celebration is resident in that. He laid bare how unconditional love should be and the extreme need for every single person to experience it. So Valentine?s Day is indeed a day of love- love to be shared by all.

This Val?s Day as you step out to show your love to your partner, friends and relatives, remember that neighbor or colleague at work needs love equally. Step out of your comfort zone forsaking your personal vendetta and put your life on tenterhooks just to put a smile on someone?s face. Nat King Cole in his hit song ?Love? said that love is not just a game of two. Love is big enough to be shared and expressed in the most unique and extraordinary way if only we put our hearts and minds to it.

By: Michael Armah

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