Love is Universal…God is Love!
Mother Teresa wrote a lot about Love:
- “Love is the fruit in season at all times.”
- “If you judge people you have no time to love them.”
- “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Love is good for your health…”Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant to the immune system.” Anatole France
I am always impressed, at the smiles and waves around Brunswick Plantation as people walk or drive by each other. It is that character of Southern Hospitality that you feel throughout the community. That friendly, courteous attitude was part of the vision and “A Dream Come True” for Mason Anderson and his friends who developed Brunswick Plantation. What a loving way to live….Love thy neighbor as thy self! I think Mother Teresa would approve! It is good for your health, too!
Love makes the World go ‘Round…Around the World
- “Where there is love, there is life.” Mahtama Ghandi
- “Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love.” Buddha
- “Love is binding. That is why lovers like to touch.” German Proverb
- “Love does not dominate, it cultivates.” Wolfgang Von Goethe
- “Love conceals all faults.” French Proverb
- “A kiss must last long to be enjoyed.” Greek Proverb
“Love is in the Air” as Valentine’s Day …..February 14 is observed as the Feast of Saint Valentine in many countries around the world. This date was fixed by the Western Christian Churches. Saint Valentine day is celebrated in July 6 as the date fixed by the Eastern Christian Churches.
So, who was Saint Valentine? Valentine’s Day actually began as a lithurgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus or Valentine. The most popular legend of St. Valentine contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century Rome. Emperor Claudius had decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice to this decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When this was discovered, Claudius ordered him put to death.
Another legend suggests that Valentine may have been killed for helping Christians escape from prisons where they were tortured and beaten. Also, according to legend, it is believed that Valentine had fallen in love with or healed a young girl, the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Before his execution, it is said that as a Farewell he wrote her a letter signed, From Your Valentine.
All legends emphasize Valentine’s appeal as a sympathetic and heroic figure. He was also a romantic figure. Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Valentine’s Day was first associated with romantic love in the middle ages. At this time in the High Middle Ages the tradition of courtly love flourished in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other. Valentine’s Day symbols include a heart-shaped outline, doves, and winged Cupid.
The heart, of course, represents “Love” in many cultures. The heart is the center of all vital organs of the body. The heart as a sign of love and adoration has been there since the existence of man. Red represents blood and passion, strong emotion, and romantic poetry. Though the shape of our Valentines is different from the shape of our physical heart, the symbol of a “heart” is the shape of the back of a dove and associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The shape of the valentine heart was also the same as, silphium, an ancient type of fennel seed… also engraved on coins from an ancient city. Silphium was used in a natural form of birth control which relates to the connection to sexuality and love.
Cupid’s origins can be traced back to ancient Greece. The winged, diapered little boy was born of Aphrodite and Ares and dubbed “Eros” the Greek word for “Desire”. The arrow often shown piercing the Valentine heart was shot by Cupid causing the person to fall passionately in love. The arrow also symbolizes the pain and pleasure of love.
Doves are a symbol of peace, but also a romantic Valentine symbol of love. They are lovey-dovey! This association also dates back to the middle ages when people believed all birds chose their mates on Valentine’s Day. Though some birds do mate during February, most birds’ mating takes place during the spring and summer. The dove was singled out to represent Romance because Greek mythology associated the small, white bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite, also known as Venus in Roman mythology, is often depicted with doves fluttering around her or resting on her hand. Doves also represent monogamy and loyalty in relationships because they tend to stay with the same partner during mating season.
Roses are often given to one’s lover on Valentine’s Day. The rose was also attributed to the Greek Aphrodite, who is said to consider roses sacred and a source of her beauty. Roses have come to represent voluptuousness, physical perfection, desire, and passion.
(Sources for historic info: www.history.com… wikepedia.org…Blog by: Aphrodite)
Love is a Philosophy:
- “At the touch of love there is life.” Plato
- “Love is a cloth which imagination embroiders.” Voltaire
- “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” Johann Wolfgang Goethe
- “Love is composed of a single soul in habiting two bodies.” Aristotle
- “Being deeply loved gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
- “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Martin Luther King Jr.
- “Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.” Lope de Vega
- “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Henry David Thoreau
- “It doesn’t matter who you love or how you love, but that you love.” Rod McKuen
- “We never know the love of our parents for us till we become parents.” Henry Ward Beecher
- “Love is friendship set on fire.” Jeremy Taylor
Love is Fun:
- “Love is a game that two can play and both win.” Eva Gabor
- “Love is sharing your popcorn” Charles Shultz
- “People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.” Bob Hope
- “Gravitation can’t be held responsible for people falling in love.” Albert Einstein
- “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s Relativity!”: Albert Einstein
- “My advice is to get married; if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” Socrates
- “When I met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.” Rita Rudner
- “An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.” Agatha Christie
- “Love would not be blind if the braille weren’t so damned much fun.” Armistead Maupin
To celebrate Valentine’s Day the Coastal Living way, you may wish to take your loved one out for some special Valentine fine dining in our location…A Tale of Two States…North and South Carolina are available to you.
The Boundary House Restaurant in Calabash is having a special Valentine Menu…February 14, 15, & 16 More info@ http://www.boundaryhouserestaurant.com/ Call 910 579-8888 for reservations
Just minutes away…
The Parson’s Table in Little River, SC …Ladies will receive a complimentary Rose for Valentine’s Day…Dinner hours are 4:30 – 9:00pm A few Reservations still available @ 843 249-3702…More info@ http://www.parsonstable.com/
The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro in Little River, SC…4 Course Valentine Dinner…February 14, 15, & 16…For Reservations call: 843 249-2601…Selection @ http://www.TheBrentwoodRestaurant.com
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…
Martinis Casual Fine Dining & Piano Bar…February 14..5 – 10 pm Special Menu Selections …Live Entertainment in Lounge with Lanny Prewett…More Info @ http://www.martinisfinedining.com/ Reservations @ 843 249-1134
Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…
House of Blues…Valentine’s Dinner and Dance…Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 Featuring entertainment with “TRU SOL” Plus a gift certificate for Concert of Choice. More info @ http://www.houseofblues.com/ Reservations:843 272-3000
On this Valentine’s Day remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“All the world loves a lover.”
“To Laugh often and love much, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give of one’s self…This is to have succeeded!”
Happy Valentine’s Day to You and Yours! Please share on our comments section for this blog…Your favorite quotes or thoughts about Love…original Quotes of your own would be great! After all, it does make the World go ‘Round!