If you are alone this Valentine’s Day, that’s okay. Please, don’t be bamboozled by all the retail hype to get talked into a rubbish date. Why not treat yourself to a good time anyway with mates? Remember that you are worth it!
You could not curl up with a good book or film instead.
Then, this weekend or even next week will be less busy and better value for money to go out. The price of flowers gets inflated on Valentines and restaurants tend to give poor service. Have a cuppa T with me.
Recently, I read the end of this book by Elizabeth Gilbert … So this is a partial review! I was particularly interested in the third part that is set in Bali, Indonesia. After last years shocking earthquake in neighbouring Lombok, I was curious to know of the fate of the locals. The volcano there has started to smoke and reading about their eco-tourism, I began to appreciate the diligence and grace of the people. While the latter part of the book is somewhat narcissistic New Age it explained some of the belief systems that helped the protagonist find balance in her life, after she had a difficult time with relationships.
I suppose the memoir was about building herself up again, in a highly flamboyant way. Most of us couldn’t afford this lap of luxury but I get the concept of learning to love yourself before you can love another. Also, taking on the mantra of those who smile through pain and hardship after natural disasters is interesting. Elizabeth explored Hindu spirituality and meditation in her journey. I agree that the concept of belonging is important. Finding an identity helps prepare for redemption, humility and patience to bear with one another in love.
For me, it is the Christian faith that teaches those solid foundations offering us a purpose.
I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year! Trusting that you will spend quality time with your family and friends and be strengthened during this important holiday. Have a special time. Please take time to read What If I Go? this season.