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Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 12:00 am

 

February is the universal month known to everyone as the month of “love” – love for your significant other, for your husband, for your wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. But it’s much more than just love for them. It is for ourselves, for all living things, friends, neighbors, our community, schools, co-workers, kids – the sky’s the limit. Think of someone you know right now that may not have a significant other. Maybe they are a widow? Does that mean that the month of February does not apply to them?  Real love is not just about buying flowers or candy for your spouse or significant other for that one special day of the year. Love is unconditional and does not have an expiration date. It is about being there for other people whether they think they need someone or not. It is about being there for your family members in time of need and all of the times in between. Or listening to your best friend who is crying over a breakup on the phone; comforting your neighbor whose dog they just had to put asleep; visiting someone in the hospital who may be sick or hurt; it’s about loving people you know and even those that you don’t know like the victims of the Haiti earthquake. It’s about loving those who are loved and those that aren’t loved at all. Love is about loving people who have been kind to you and as hard as it may be sometimes, also loving those who have also wronged you. Or loving people who others may think don’t deserve to be loved. Love is calling your friend daily just to check and see how they are. Why? Because you know that you are the only person that is ever calling them. Love is baking cookies for your neighbor who is also a widow and lonely, and inviting them over for dinner to include them. Love is waiting to make sure the friend you just dropped off gets inside their house safely after a night of fun or studying. It is offering someone a ride home, or calling to check on a friend to see how they are doing after their surgery. When your co-worker just returns to work after taking some time off because they received news that their parent just died, love is inviting them over for dinner and putting a card and nice, fresh flowers on their desk to comfort them in their time of mourning. Love is spending time with a young teen or adult who may be troubled or in need of a role model in their life, to try and be a positive influence and to help them get on the right path. Love is actually being courteous to pedestrians as they cross the street, instead of being impatient and trying to drive through the crosswalk before they cross. It’s about lending a hand in a soup kitchen to help feed the homeless. Love is visiting your long-distance relatives who may not receive too many visitors throughout the year. Love is putting flowers on a loved one’s grave, and love is also putting flowers on a grave of someone that you don’t know, but know that no one ever comes to put flowers there.  Love is not about what you buy someone or how much you spend on their gift. It’s not about if you remembered to give that special someone something on Feb. 14, also known as the actual Valentine’s Day. It’s about what you do all year that shows your love for other people? Your community? Your church? The homeless people living in the same state you live in? Your job? Your household? Your school? People you know? People you don’t know?  Love should be shown all year throughout doing kind and generous actions, and not just on Valentine’s Day. What do you do to show love year-round? Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at www.myaskmikey.com or myaskmikey@yahoo.com. February is the universal month known to everyone as the month of “love” – love for your significant other, for your husband, for your wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. But it’s much more than just love for them. It is for ourselves, for all living things, friends, neighbors, our community, schools, co-workers, kids – the sky’s the limit.

Think of someone you know right now that may not have a significant other. Maybe they are a widow? Does that mean that the month of February does not apply to them?

Real love is not just about buying flowers or candy for your spouse or significant other for that one special day of the year. Love is unconditional and does not have an expiration date. It is about being there for other people whether they think they need someone or not. It is about being there for your family members in time of need and all of the times in between. Or listening to your best friend who is crying over a breakup on the phone; comforting your neighbor whose dog they just had to put asleep; visiting someone in the hospital who may be sick or hurt; it’s about loving people you know and even those that you don’t know like the victims of the Haiti earthquake. It’s about loving those who are loved and those that aren’t loved at all. Love is about loving people who have been kind to you and as hard as it may be sometimes, also loving those who have also wronged you. Or loving people who others may think don’t deserve to be loved.

Love is calling your friend daily just to check and see how they are. Why? Because you know that you are the only person that is ever calling them. Love is baking cookies for your neighbor who is also a widow and lonely, and inviting them over for dinner to include them. Love is waiting to make sure the friend you just dropped off gets inside their house safely after a night of fun or studying. It is offering someone a ride home, or calling to check on a friend to see how they are doing after their surgery. When your co-worker just returns to work after taking some time off because they received news that their parent just died, love is inviting them over for dinner and putting a card and nice, fresh flowers on their desk to comfort them in their time of mourning. Love is spending time with a young teen or adult who may be troubled or in need of a role model in their life, to try and be a positive influence and to help them get on the right path. Love is actually being courteous to pedestrians as they cross the street, instead of being impatient and trying to drive through the crosswalk before they cross. It’s about lending a hand in a soup kitchen to help feed the homeless. Love is visiting your long-distance relatives who may not receive too many visitors throughout the year. Love is putting flowers on a loved one’s grave, and love is also putting flowers on a grave of someone that you don’t know, but know that no one ever comes to put flowers there.

Love is not about what you buy someone or how much you spend on their gift. It’s not about if you remembered to give that special someone something on Feb. 14, also known as the actual Valentine’s Day. It’s about what you do all year that shows your love for other people? Your community? Your church? The homeless people living in the same state you live in? Your job? Your household? Your school? People you know? People you don’t know?

Love should be shown all year throughout doing kind and generous actions, and not just on Valentine’s Day. What do you do to show love year-round?

 

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at www.myaskmikey.com or myaskmikey@yahoo.com.

 

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