Love is All We Need

Oscar Wilde said, “Who, being loved, is poor?” If no one else tells you “I ❤️ U ” in this shortest month of our year, let me be the first to say, “I love you! And I think you’re great!” For my Cornie’s Kitchen peeps, a quote from Mother Teresa: “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” 

The psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm believed “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” Carl Sagan, the noted scientist and producer of the acclaimed series “Cosmos” remarked, “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”

In these difficult times (really, what historic age hasn’t been difficult for humanity?), how can we keep an optimistic and open heart? How can we live lives of love, faith, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, patience, kindness, generosity, and self control when the world seems to be sucking into a cesspool of darkness around us? Where is our hope? Nothing will separate us from the love of God…god’s steadfast love will endure forever. These are the promises of every age to God’s creation, to the people of God’s own image. 

If god’s love flows into our hearts, we’ll have joy, not withstanding what the world throws at us. As Mother Teresa reminds us, “A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”

This short poem, almost a decade old, seems timely:

The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel. 

In an effort to get people to look 

into each other’s eyes more, 

and also to appease the mutes, 

the government has decided 

to allot each person exactly one hundred   

and sixty-seven words, per day. 

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear   

without saying hello. In the restaurant   

I point at chicken noodle soup. 

I am adjusting well to the new way. 

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,   

proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.   

I saved the rest for you. 

When she doesn’t respond, 

I know she’s used up all her words,   

so I slowly whisper I love you 

thirty-two and a third times. 

After that, we just sit on the line   

and listen to each other breathe.

(Jeffrey McDaniel, “The Quiet World” from The Forgiveness Parade. Copyright © 1998 by Jeffrey McDaniel. Source: The Forgiveness Parade, Manic D Press, 1998)

February Holidays, Happy February!

CIVIC HOLIDAYS

February 1: National Freedom Day

February 12: Lincoln’s Birthday

February 20: Presidents Day (3rd Monday)

FOOD HOLIDAYS 

February 4: National Homemade Soup Day

February 5: World Nutella Day

February 5: Super Bowl  

February 6: National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 7: National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

February 9: National Bagel Day

February 11: National Peppermint Patty Day

February 11: Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

February 13: National Tortellini Day

February 15: National Gum Drop Day

February 17: National Cafe Au Lait Day

February 18: National Drink Wine Day

February 20: National Cherry Pie Day

February 21: National Sticky Bun Day

February 22: National Margarita Day

February 23: National Chili Day (4th Thursday)

February 24: National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25: Open that Bottle Night (Last Saturday)

February 26: National Pistachio Day

February 27: National Strawberry Day  

February 27: National Kahlua Day

February 28: Mardi Gras (various) pancakes 

LOVE IS THE ANSWER

February 1: Spunky Old Broads Day

February 3: National Wedding Ring Day

February 3: National Wear Red Day (1st Friday in Feb)

February 4: Thank a Mailman Day

February 5: National Weatherman’s Day

February 7: Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day

February 7: Send a Card to a Friend Day

February 9: Read in the Bathtub Day

February 11: Satisfied Being Single Day

February 11: National Make a Friend Day

February 13: Kiss Day

February 13: International Condom Day

February 13: Get a Different Name Day

February 14: Extraterrestrial Culture Day: (2nd Tues in Feb)

February 14: Read to Your Child Day

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 15: Singles Awareness Day

February 16: Do a Grouch a Favor Day

February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day

PET HOLIDAYS 

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 6: Lame Duck Day

February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day

February 20: Love Your Pet Day

February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day 

February 27: International Polar Bear Day

February 28: World Spay Day (Last Tuesday)

OFFICE HOLIDAYS 

February 3: Working Naked Day (1st Friday)

February 7: Safer Internet Day (Various)

February 8: Laugh and Get Rich Day

February 13: Clean Out Your Computer Day (2nd Monday)

February 17: My Way Day

February 19: Prevent Plagiarism Day 

February 21: Single Tasking Day

February 18: National Battery Day

February 26: For Pete’s Sake Day

February 27: No Brainer Day

February 28: National Public Sleeping Day

OTHER HOLIDAYS 

February 4: World Cancer Day

February 8: Boy Scouts Day

February 8: Kite Flying Day

February 9: National Toothache Day

February 10: Umbrella Day

February 23: Curling is Cool Day

February 25: Pistol Patent Day

February 28: National Tooth Fairy Day

February 29: Leap Year (observed every four years, not this year)

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About artandicon

Artist, head cook at Cornie's Kitchen, explorer of both the inner and outer worlds, and tree hugger. My paintings are at ARTANDICON: art at the crossroads of life & faith. Every rock, tree, stream & cloud shouts out with the joy of God! I also write a sci-fi spiritual journey blog about Miriam, a time traveling priestess from the planet Didumos, who visits earth when she has an epileptic seizure, and shares my life. Obviously, my own mind was time traveling when I set up my journey blog! https://souljournieswordpress.wordpress.com
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