To stoke the marriage fires takes a little effort. Any couple that has their honeymoon behind them will know that the honeymoon fires do die down if it they are not fuelled. But how do we fuel the fires of passion? On the surface, it appears that the commercial world has made it easy to piggyback those efforts on Valentine’s Day. Your credit card will secure you a couple dozen long-stemmed roses, some imported chocolate, an over-sized Hallmark card, sparkly jewelry, and an over-priced meal in some romantic setting. You may even get away with a quick rush to the mall only minutes before you need to present the gifts. Effortless romance, right? You get to communicate your love, and you don’t even need to give it much thought.
But what if you dared to be different this year? What if you actually invested a little thought, a little time, and a little effort into making Valentine’s Day special for your sweetheart? Yes, I know. Why bother when all your efforts won’t be appreciated? Why give up your free time to do something special for your spouse when they won’t notice your sacrifice? Or perhaps you are thinking that you are not creative and could never do anything romantic?
This Valentine’s Day is about reminding your marriage partner that you love them. Love is easy to communicate, but sometimes we forget that. Love has been commercialized to the point where we believe that without the bunches of roses, expensive jewelry, elaborate dinners, and preprinted cards, our love communications will somehow be considered inferior. Dare to turn a blind eye to the script that the commercial world presents you with this Valentine’s Day. Dare to remind your sweetheart that you love them in a way that will be priceless to them and a perfect fit for your relationship.