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Invictus

Posted: June 30, 2011 in Life, Quotes
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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

– William Ernest Henley

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Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unraveled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again…

Its February 14th again and as everyone say, love is in the air. The day where there are flowers, cards, wishes, kisses, gifts, dates and also the day when the color red rules. It’s just that kind of a day when many people prefer getting their pretty red dresses out of the closet. It’s a day when people prefer expressing your deepest emotions to their someone special.

If you are wondering how it all started, how February 14 got symbolically linked with love and sharing… Take a look at what Wikipedia says…

Saint Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day is on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, candy, or donations to charities, often anonymously. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished… more>>

But often there has been this raging debate among many people. On one side, there are a set of people who prefer symbolizing “love and sharing” to the February 14th. On the other side, we have people who feel the Valentines Day is just another over-hyped event.

It’s a busy world out there. People are always on the move. Work and money has taken the highest priorities in life. 24 hours a day seem to be less for most people. Even people staying together often get to meet each other once a week if they are lucky. In such a busy world, it’s really hard to find time to spend some quality time with people you love the most. If you are just this kind of a person, you would want one day that you can totally set aside for your loved ones. February 14th is just that kind of a day when you would want to celebrate your love for each other. Many who fall into this category would be the part of the sect of people who prefer symbolizing love and sharing on the February 14th.

The other sect of people who believe Valentines Day is just another over-hyped event would argue to say “if you are in love with someone, you would make it a point to set aside time for your loved ones”. They believe that expressing your love and feeling just on this  day does not make much sense. It would all depend on your conscious effort to make time for each other. When you are in love, you are in love all the time and not just this day.

Which ever sect you belong to, my advice to you all would be – lighten up and enjoy the fun

Valentines day is not just for those “smug” couples. As Veronica explains…

For all those singles who are complaining about the “smug” couples and how the holiday makes them feel like social outcasts, you are looking at this the wrong way. I’ve had many more Valentine’s Days as a single than as half a couple, and they can still be fun. Get a large group of single/divorced/separated friends together to go out to lunch or dinner. Have one or more (or many more) bottles of wine. Have dessert – lots of dessert. Valentine’s Day is only depressing if you give up or are too lazy to try to make it fun. Besides, it is all the Valentine’s Days we spend as singles that make us enjoy those with a partner all the more.

For other comments on this online debate which happened a few days back – BBC Online debate

Take away love and our earth is a tomb. ~Robert Browning

PS: Interesting read – BBC – India’s fascination with Valentine’s Day