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“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.” Henry Miller

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart


History of the Holidays: History of Valentines Day | History


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VALENTINE’S DAY: Happy Valentine’s Day! What do you know about Valentine’s Day? One thing I love about  February is that it pulls together several subjects that are dear to so many hearts. It’s Heart Health Month, Black History Month, Lovers Month and, also, Presidents Day falls on the same month reminding us that democracy and freedom of the press are paramount to the survival of global peace. On February 14th, in many countries around the world, lovers give each other gifts, cards and delicious treats in celebration of the love they share. According to historical sources, this popular love-fest is held in remembrance of possibly three (3) martyred Saints named Valentine; a priest, a bishop, and a Christian missionary in Africa. In some circles, it is believed that the special day was created by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. Yet, other accounts suggest Valentine’s Day is truly an observance of Lupercalia; an ancient rite of fertility and that any ties to the aforementioned saints are merely coincidental.

Some believe the tradition grew from the days of Claudius I and the sacrifice young men made in leaving for war instead of staying home to raise a family; the celebration honored a wish those left behind had for the safe return of their loved one. The wistful sentiments that arise on this day prevail as lovers return to share a gift or a special moment and memory with their beloved. How you choose to spend this day is entirely up to you. Yes, love ought to be an everyday affair but, take a moment to let your loved ones know you care by giving them an extra bit of attention. Please, don’t forget to indulge yourself a bit too. Self-care and loving others go hand in hand… Enjoy the life you have and LIVE! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Valentine’s Day! ENJOY THE MUSIC! 😉

A Valentine – Poem by James Russell Lowell
Let others wonder what fair face
Upon their path shall shine,
And, fancying half, half hoping, trace
Some maiden shape of tenderest grace
To be their Valentine.

Let other hearts with tremor sweet
One secret wish enshrine
That Fate may lead their happy feet
Fair Julia in the lane to meet
To be their Valentine.

But I, far happier, am secure;
I know the eyes benign,
The face more beautiful and pure
Than fancy’s fairest portraiture
That mark my Valentine.

More than when first I singled, thee,
This only prayer is mine,-
That, in the years I yet shall see.
As, darling, in the past, thou’ll be
My happy Valentine.
James Russell Lowell via Poemhunter

 

The Gardener By Mary Oliver
Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?

I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.
Actually, I probably think too much.

Then I step out into the garden,
where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,
is tending his children, the roses. via thenaturewithinus

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

 


This Is Black History Month – The Untold Truth

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: For those who don’t know why we celebrate this very important holiday, it is a time when black folks and all who appreciate BHM join forces to celebrate the history, culture, and rich heritage of this great community and people of diverse backgrounds; black history is celebrated here in the USA, in the diaspora, and globally. As early as 1919, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland started an organization dedicated to documenting the achievements of African Americans. By 1926, they created a Negro History week to complement the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The Civil Rights Movement propelled the idea even further and by 1976, President Gerald Ford declared February an official month honoring the History of Black people in the USA. When I think about the Civil Rights Movement,  I remember the tremendous strides black folks have made. I remember the many supporters who joined hands to win freedoms and rights for all in this great nation.

As we delve deeply into Black History Month, It is worth contemplating what this month means to us. Why is it important to celebrate your history and culture? Why is it important to celebrate mine? Same reason – so we can learn, grown and share our legacy with our children and loved ones! This is a terrific time to revisit some very important and helpful information that we could all use.

Still, I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still, I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
Maya Angelou via Poemhunter

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“In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret.” Patience Strong

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

 


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Heart Health Month:  Happy Heart Health Month! As you might already know, our health is our wealth. Without good health, our quality of life is diminished and getting adequate care could simply bankrupt so many of us. Staying healthy, especially heart-healthy, requires changes in our lifestyle, proper diet, exercise, and less stress. Another important factor is to make sure to get regular checkups. As a survivor, I would be remiss if I don’t mention that since some of us are born with congenital heart conditions, getting regular checkups could save a life. I was in great shape, had a comfortable lifestyle, ate healthy natural foods and almost died from heart failure. I was born with an undiagnosed condition and my doctors told me that my healthy lifestyle helped keep me alive but… I still needed check-ups, a diagnosis, and open-heart surgery to survive. Take your health and checkups seriously.

Additionally, get a second opinion if you receive a health diagnosis that gives you pause. Unless we stay actively involved in advocating for our own health and the health of loved ones, we run the risk of not getting the full picture of treatments and key evaluations of our condition. Fundamental to all the advice we see and read during this special Heart Heath Month, getting fit is imperative. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), there are many reasons why getting fit and maintaining a healthy level of activity is imperative. Why is physical activity so important for health and well-being? Physical activity helps us stay motivated to achieve our personal and professional goals. It can lift our mood, help us stay mentally/physically fit and keep the doctor at bay with reduced incidences of ill health. What does being active do for us? AHA has given us 5 solid reasons to be active:

  • lower your blood pressure
  • boost your levels of good cholesterol
  • improve blood flow (circulation)
  • keep your weight under control
  • prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis

It doesn’t take much to figure out why, every year, the most important theme for Heart Health month is staying fit.

 

Richard Siegel – A Poem About Heart Disease
What will be in my next 50 years of life
I sure don’t know but I got
The chance cause this little
Incision of the knife
So thank you loved ones you know
Who you are
I’m just a funny guy maybe a little bizarre
Who wants to bring
Joy to everyone I’ve found
Making the world a better place giving it a peaceful loving sound
I have a new chance and though I have to heal
A few months of a long
Life is not a big deal
But I will continue to take each seed of love and let it grow
And bring that with me everywhere I go.
Richard Siegel via heart.org

Heart Attack – Poem by Gert Strydom
What a strange and terrible thing
that brings terror to a person,

where you cannot breathe,
while such an odd feel and nausea do remain,

the left side right through the chest and heart does pain,
when that pain does not disappear in the chest, back, and arm

in a moment my whole life turns around before me
and when the world goes back to its normal way

I am afraid that I will lose you so suddenly,
wherein me only remains a hell of powerlessness,

where I know that I am not finished with my poems,
where I am searching for more intense light as darkness is coming

and I am strong, fit, have got low cholesterol
of the thing that is life I am full

but by mere blood pressure, this thing hits me
with which everything just like this can come to an end,

where I wonder about everything, about which life is,
over the days of my own existence,

where you and the things of my life do become lovelier
and in joy, I know that God does pour out his mercy over me.
© Gert Strydom via PoemHunter

 

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JAN

01/01 – 01 HAPPY NEW YEAR!,
01/05 – 05 Golden Globes Awards, 06 Epiphany,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/12 – 12 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Orthodox New Year, 16 Religious Freedom Day, 18 PGA Awards, Winnie the Pooh Day
01/19 – 20
01/29 – 30 TBD

FEB

02/01 – 01 World Read Aloud Day
02/02 – 02 Ground Hog Day, 04 World Cancer Day,  06 Zero Tolerance for FGM, 07 National Wear Red Day
02/09 – 09 Academy Awards, 11 Women and Girls in Science Day, 13 Galentine’s  Day, 14 Valentine’s Day
02/16 – 17 Presidents Day, 18 Drink Wine Day, 20 World Day of Social Justice
02/23 – 25 Mardi Gras, 26 Ash Wednesday

 

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Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

 


Presidents’ Day Facts For Kids

PRESIDENTS’ DAY: What does this special day mean to you? For those of us who live in democratic nations, it is easy to take our advantages for granted and dismiss our rights and responsibilities as citizens. Living in a country where you have the right to vote is a great privilege and should not be wasted. So, when we think about Presidents’ day and all that comes with that leadership role, we must exercise our rights to ensure that we are heard and that our offspring will benefit from decisions made by our elected officials. In America, we celebrate all of our presidents because, in some way, they have all contributed something to this nation. Their decisions have impacted our lives and we must protect our rights by staying informed and involved in the process.

If you are wondering about the origins of this special federal holiday and why it is called Presidents Day, I’m here to help you with a brief history. First of all, it was a special day to honor the birthday of our first president –  George Washington  Over time, it evolved to become a celebration in honor of two of America’s greatest Presidents; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1968,  the 90th Congress voted to shift three federal holidays, including George Washington’s Birthday to the 3rd Monday of February. This move led to the creation of a new holiday – Presidents’ Day. Today, instead of celebrating the lives of two presidents, we honor and celebrate all of them. Stay informed and engaged. Knowledge is power.

 

Let America Be America Again – Poem by Langston Hughes
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek–
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean–
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today–O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home–
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay–
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain–
All, all the stretch of these great green states–
And make America again!
Langston Hughes via Poemhunter

I’m Not Just February – by Annette Wynne
I’m not just February
With winds that blow
All day, and piled-up snow;
I’m Washington and Lincoln, too,
Who kept our country’s flag for you!
I’m Valentine of airy grace—
With golden hearts and hearts of lace
And pretty cards that people send,
Quite as a secret, to a friend.
Though I am short of days and small,
I’m quite a big month, after all!
Annette Wynne via discoverpoetry
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174 Comments leave one →
  1. Dasha permalink
    14/02/2020 7:12 am

    This was a fun read since it’s Valentine’s Day today! thanks for the fun blog.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/02/2020 7:35 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  2. Holly Lasha permalink
    14/02/2020 7:51 am

    Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to craft with my kids. They get so into the hearts and flowers. I love seeing their creativity!

  3. Joline permalink
    14/02/2020 8:21 am

    I’ve always thought Valentine’s Day is a very Hallmark-y holiday. So interesting to read about the history behind it.

  4. Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
    14/02/2020 8:55 am

    How and What are you celebrating this month? Remember to love someone today. It’s never too late. Have you?

    • Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
      17/02/2020 11:22 pm

      Great article. I learned something new from your post. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Stephanie permalink
      24/02/2020 11:15 am

      February is always a busy month for my family. There’s Valentine’s Day which means school parties for both kids and usually at least one Cub Scout event. This year two of our biggest events are in February. Plus, my birthday was last weekend and my nephew’s is today. Then my youngest son’s is in March so we usually start planning for his party in February! We have a lot to celebrate here!!

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        27/02/2020 7:42 pm

        Happy belated birthday to you and your nephew. 😉 🙂 I love February because it speaks to me in so many ways. 🙂

    • ireayotomiwa permalink
      25/02/2020 10:45 pm

      Love is for all. I love your poem collection. I am always fascinated with poems. Although I don’t do much Valentine, but I believe in love.

  5. Chad permalink
    14/02/2020 10:59 am

    As usual, beautiful post, very authentic and real! Thank you so much, happy Valentine’s Day.

  6. Sarah permalink
    14/02/2020 6:27 pm

    This is a very diversified blog post. One of the most unique blog posts I have read in a while. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Jessica Collazo permalink
    15/02/2020 1:28 am

    You have some interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. I’ve always known as Valentine’s Day, like the day of love and friendship. That’s the way it is known in Latin America and the Caribbean. So we celebrate it not only with our partners but with our families and friends.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/02/2020 6:10 am

      That makes a lot of sense because love is not just for lovers but for all.

  8. Stephanie permalink
    15/02/2020 5:03 am

    I never really considered that these all fall in the same month. We don’t do much for Valentine’s Day and never have. Last night my husband and I were setting up for the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby that’s being held today. That was our romantic night! I do remember learning a lot about Black History when I was in school.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/02/2020 6:10 am

      Yes, it is quite a hectic month with tons going on. 🙂

  9. Goz P U permalink
    15/02/2020 5:26 am

    I love the way you juxtaposed matters of the heart figuratively and physiologically!
    You write beautifully..
    Goz xx

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/02/2020 6:09 am

      Thank you Sis, what a nice surprise to have you visit. I’m glad you observed the way I wove in other February celebrations. 🙂

  10. Angela Tolsma permalink
    15/02/2020 6:46 am

    I love the Maya Angelou poem. It’s one of my favorites. I think Black History month is super important and it’s great all the things you’ve shared.
    I didn’t know it was presidents day this month. Definitely learned a few things there.

  11. carriewraps permalink
    15/02/2020 10:26 am

    Such an informative article! You covered so much! Thank you for all these good tidbits

  12. Fransic verso permalink
    15/02/2020 7:13 pm

    Wow I never knew that this month have all of these to celebrate and appreciate one another. Hope you had a nice day!

  13. Glenda permalink
    15/02/2020 8:46 pm

    February is my favorite month because it is the month to celebrate love and my anniversary. Also, it’s a bonus that it is Black History month and Heart Health Month too.

  14. Lisa permalink
    16/02/2020 4:49 am

    I love the Mary Oliver poem… so touching.

  15. Joanna permalink
    16/02/2020 8:52 am

    In my country, love is celebrated on the 24th of February, not on the 14th. I think that Valentine’s Day should be about love in general, not just about couples. It can be about self love, it can be about friendships. A lot of single people get really down on the 14th of February.

  16. You, Me and Benny permalink
    16/02/2020 12:47 pm

    Thanks for the awesome heart reading!

  17. Christa Anne permalink
    16/02/2020 1:07 pm

    There so much to celebrate in February! I’m looking forward to all of it.

  18. Neely permalink
    16/02/2020 3:30 pm

    Awww I love this! Such a great Valentines post. I really try to show love all the time not just Valentines

  19. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    16/02/2020 4:32 pm

    Yeah! I celebrating this Feb = love month by doing something to pampering myself daily, we have to love ourself 1st before loving others 🙂

  20. The Social Tumbleweed permalink
    16/02/2020 5:01 pm

    A lot of happenings all in one month, all I know is valentines origins had nothing to do with chocolates and flowers 😅

  21. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ permalink
    16/02/2020 8:30 pm

    Dear Ms Elizabeth Obih-Frank,

    How have you been?

    You have provided us with an excellent post with diverse and related contents on St Valentine’s Day to include Heart Health Month, Black History Month, Lovers Month and Presidents Day. Thank you.

    I am delighted to inform you that I have hyperlinked your post to mine at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/soundeagle-in-love-and-dove-art-and-heart-on-valentines-day-with-gifts/

    The said post is entitled “🦅 SoundEagle in Love and Dove, Art and Heart on Valentine’s Day with Gifts 🎁💝🕊💌💘”.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/02/2020 6:06 am

      Hi, dear one, Sorry I haven’t been on site lately… Tons of work related demands offline. Thank you for the link up. Appreciated!

      • 21/02/2020 12:41 pm

        You are very welcome, Elizabeth.

        Please be informed that my blog will benefit from being viewed on a large screen of a desktop or laptop computer, because many of the multimedia posts published on my blog could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

        I would really appreciate it if you could kindly give me some feedback at the comment section of my said post about Valentine’s Day. Thank you in anticipation.

        May you have a lovely weekend soon. 🙂

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        24/02/2020 8:04 am

        Okay, I will do. Thank you!

  22. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ permalink
    16/02/2020 8:33 pm

    Dear Ms Elizabeth Obih-Frank,

    I have submitted a couple of comments earlier and wonder whether you have received them.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/02/2020 6:07 am

      Thanks again. I just saw the link-up! 🙂

  23. aisasami permalink
    17/02/2020 3:56 am

    Happy Valentines to you too! Even though I am single, I celebrate it with my students and my love for my mom.

  24. Glen Parmenter permalink
    17/02/2020 6:08 am

    A ton of great information and reminders. February is a beautiful month.

  25. Anita permalink
    17/02/2020 8:02 am

    Anytime is a good time to reflect on the way that we treat others. Love even when others don’t love you!

  26. Melanie permalink
    17/02/2020 8:17 am

    I am loving this heart to heart post. It is interesting and relevant since we have just had Valentine’s day xx

  27. Renee permalink
    17/02/2020 8:48 am

    Beautiful read! Really opened my eyes!

  28. Holly Lasha permalink
    17/02/2020 11:21 am

    Valentine’s Day is such a great day to reflect on those people in your life that mean the most to you and find ways to show appreciation.

  29. Unapologetically Me permalink
    17/02/2020 11:58 am

    Interesting read. Thank you for teaching me some new facts!

  30. Candle permalink
    17/02/2020 3:24 pm

    Great video selection. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  31. amayszingblogs permalink
    17/02/2020 4:13 pm

    This month is my twin’s birthday so we decide to go eat dinner outside and make it fun. Valentines day is a day of Love for family, couples, and friends 🙂

  32. Fatima D Torres permalink
    17/02/2020 4:39 pm

    This is perfect for Black History Month. I’ve always admired Maya Angelou’s writing.

  33. remo permalink
    17/02/2020 10:01 pm

    Heart to herart! What a beautiful poem. I am a big fan of your blog.

  34. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    17/02/2020 11:51 pm

    Aaaahhhh…there is so much to introspect about, in this month of February. Our lives, the history in there, what we want to do about all this….It’s a lot. I hope we get it right.

  35. Bindu Thomas permalink
    18/02/2020 12:38 am

    Fun blog.thanks for the fun blog.

  36. Sharvina.y permalink
    18/02/2020 12:55 am

    You’ve shared a great list of motivational heart to heart goodies for Valentine’s! Have a great day & God bless.

  37. Brianne permalink
    18/02/2020 1:40 am

    This was such an interesting read. I’ve never really thought about where Valentine’s Day came from before other than just to assume it was a made up holiday. Very cool.

  38. Heather permalink
    18/02/2020 1:40 am

    It was so much fun learning about Valentine’s Day. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I think it’s important to let the people in your life know how much you mean to them.

  39. Surekha permalink
    18/02/2020 1:43 am

    I always love the poems and history you share in your posts. I had no idea that Valentine’s Day had such ancient roots!

  40. yana permalink
    18/02/2020 2:00 am

    so amazing to have one more day to prepare gifts for your lovers and friends, it’s a good time to be more happy XD

  41. RHT_Stephen permalink
    18/02/2020 2:25 am

    All the poems are lovely, but my favourite has to be the one by Annette Wynne

  42. Matt Taylor permalink
    18/02/2020 6:14 am

    February is a great month, lots to celebrate! Valentine’s Day is my least favorite, being single for so long. It’s bit of a depressing day. lol

  43. Joanna permalink
    18/02/2020 6:15 am

    When we are young we don’t really think about our hearts, we don’t get check-ups very often, if all. But there are more and more cases of people having heart attacks when they are just 40 years old, it’s scary. There should be more awareness that heart diseases can happen at young ages too.

  44. Lisa permalink
    18/02/2020 7:30 am

    Thank you for sharing! I love your motivation tips. And I like that you are bringing awareness to presidents day

  45. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    18/02/2020 3:31 pm

    Always so informative and fun. I love your posts so positive. Thank you for sharing!

  46. Sarah permalink
    18/02/2020 3:45 pm

    I can feel the love already after reading this blog post. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational and positive blog post.

  47. carriann909 permalink
    18/02/2020 4:45 pm

    Nice article. Keep up the good work.

  48. Subhashish Roy permalink
    18/02/2020 5:07 pm

    I loved and had great fun reading. Valentine’s day is such an important event these days and good to know more about it.

  49. colossalumbrella permalink
    18/02/2020 7:37 pm

    Wow!!! this is a great insight. February has so much to celebrate. I wasnt aware of the black history at all. I did celebrate valentine day and was interesting to read about other events in Feb

  50. Nati permalink
    19/02/2020 12:25 am

    So many things to celebrate this month! Thank you for mentioning other US holidays and explaining their meaning this is so informative for us people from other countries!

  51. Sarah Meh permalink
    19/02/2020 2:01 am

    I believe, love is the most powerful force that can conquer any hard situation or person. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.

  52. amber permalink
    19/02/2020 4:24 am

    This month is crazy! I hope you have a loving month too! Thank you Eliz.

  53. My Spiritual Shenanigans permalink
    19/02/2020 4:47 am

    Much love and light to you – let everyday be about love and laughter 🙂

  54. Trijit Mallick permalink
    19/02/2020 5:16 am

    I really like the poem and the article is very inspiring. One of the best articles I read in 2020.

  55. kidneyfornikki permalink
    19/02/2020 5:18 am

    This is a great round-up of all of the great celebrations that are incorporated into the month! I wrote about heart month on my blog. I know it’s Black History month but we consider every month Black history month. Our family doesn’t do anything differently. LOL

  56. angelina permalink
    19/02/2020 7:19 am

    I love Valentines day, this post was lovely to read!

  57. Brianne permalink
    19/02/2020 9:16 am

    I really love this post. I had no idea that Valentine’s Day had so much history behind. it. I think it’s great that you go into such detail!

  58. Bill permalink
    19/02/2020 9:18 am

    We celebrated Valentines day as a family. We had a nice dinner. It was really nice.

  59. Surekha permalink
    19/02/2020 9:20 am

    I think the first quote in this post is the most important one of all. We DO need much move love in the world.

  60. solidparent permalink
    19/02/2020 11:46 am

    I love the poetry! Valentines day is such a lovely day. Very fun post!

  61. Hip Mama's Place (@HipMamasPlace) permalink
    19/02/2020 2:13 pm

    What a fun post on everything February events, not just Valentine’s Day! I love those poems too!

  62. RHT_Stephen permalink
    19/02/2020 2:26 pm

    Your blog always has the most beautiful poetry and this is no exception

  63. Lyanna Soria permalink
    19/02/2020 2:42 pm

    I’ve always wondered what the story behind Valentine’s Day was. What a wonderful and interesting post. I believe that you can show your love to someone not only on Valentine’s Day or the month of February but everyday.

  64. Ewa permalink
    19/02/2020 3:13 pm

    So many important and beautiful holidays in such a short month 🙂

  65. busylady2020 permalink
    19/02/2020 4:37 pm

    You posted my favorite song….Yummy!! Happy Valentines Day!

  66. Brandi permalink
    19/02/2020 5:10 pm

    Wow, there is so much to celebrate in February! Thanks so much for all of this info!

  67. Sarah permalink
    19/02/2020 5:58 pm

    Love is one of the most powerful emotions on earth, if not the most powerful ones to ever exist. Love can create beautiful things, but it can also create horrible things within the wrong person. If love is true, it is everlasting, evergreen, and tried and true. It will create only positive, good things in life. I agree with your message. Thank you for sharing and spreading the love.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:45 pm

      Love is a wondrous thing indeed. 🙂

  68. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    19/02/2020 6:39 pm

    Valentines Day is a day to celebrate love and we should spend it with the people we care about!

  69. Raksha Nagaraj permalink
    19/02/2020 10:48 pm

    Wow this was an awesome collection of poems. Loved the one by Mary Oliver. Thanks for this.

  70. Serene Xi permalink
    20/02/2020 3:35 am

    Henry Miller was so right when he said this: “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.”

  71. Megan permalink
    20/02/2020 3:52 am

    Great breakdown of the month – my birthday is also in February, so it’s cool to know about all the other cool things in this short month!

  72. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    20/02/2020 4:00 am

    Oops….I didn’t know this is the Heart Health month! I have never gotten myself a heart-check up. I think I need to.

  73. Goldfish and Gin permalink
    20/02/2020 4:38 am

    We celebrate heart month every year. Heart health is extremely important to both my husband and myself as we have a pretty extensive history of heart disease on both sides a of our families. On top of that one of our children was actually born with multiple congenital heart defects so heart week is a good reminder of how lucky we are. Thanks for the article

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/02/2020 6:12 am

      WoW! I appreciate your honest feedback because heart month is very personal to me too. Wishing you and yours great health in 2020!

  74. Luna S permalink
    20/02/2020 6:50 am

    You always do a fantastic job at jam packing a bunch of information and beautiful poetry all into one post. This is another great post! Heart Health month is important to us because my step-dad and his father both have heart issues, his mother also passed away not that long ago from similar issues.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:44 pm

      Yes, it is usually genetic.

  75. emmandamian permalink
    20/02/2020 10:49 am

    I wish you well for the whole year. It’s all about giving your heart out. Making sure that you have good welfare.

  76. Matt Taylor permalink
    20/02/2020 11:03 am

    So many cool things to celebrate in February. Valentine’s Day isn’t really my favorite, though. haha.

  77. littlemisadvencha permalink
    20/02/2020 6:28 pm

    this is a great post. i especially love that poem by Maya Angelou… <3

  78. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    20/02/2020 9:18 pm

    Happy Valentines Day meaning a thank you day for me to celebrate with those love me and I love, including my family members 😀

  79. adrianeryann permalink
    21/02/2020 12:15 pm

    So much goodness in one post! I loved reading through all the excerpts and poems. And I never thought of all we celebrate in February before. Thanks for the reminder!

  80. My Haute Talk permalink
    21/02/2020 2:21 pm

    A lovely read. I just love Langston Hughes.

  81. Jamie Tutson permalink
    22/02/2020 3:42 am

    There really is so much to celebrate in February. It’s full of so much history. Absolutely love the poems that honor all these different moments.

  82. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    23/02/2020 3:52 pm

    Amazing. Well written article. I learned something from reading it. Thank you for sharing.

  83. Deborah Butler (@SuperBusyMum) permalink
    23/02/2020 11:49 pm

    My niece has a very special heart, that’s seen many a surgical theatre! So, we get it. We’re so lucky that she is here and continues to thrive!

  84. momelite2 permalink
    24/02/2020 8:07 am

    I love The Gardener poem. I might have to print that one out and put it next to my desk.

  85. Serene Xi permalink
    24/02/2020 11:01 am

    February is my favorite month specifically because of the many month-long celebrations and reminders.

  86. yummyyemi19 permalink
    24/02/2020 11:44 am

    Love—ly blog! Have you heard Maya Angelou say her poem. It is so uplifting. If you haven’t please do!

  87. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    24/02/2020 1:16 pm

    It’s so hard to believe that February is almost over. It’s been kind of a hard month in my area so I’m ready to move on. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  88. Neely permalink
    24/02/2020 1:19 pm

    I love this. Heart Month is so important and people need to pay more attention for sure

  89. Chelsea.sauve@wandure.com permalink
    24/02/2020 2:11 pm

    What an interesting reflection! We need to take care of our hearts every single day <3. Thanks for your lovely post.

  90. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    24/02/2020 5:35 pm

    Valentine’s and Heart Health both in Feb lol. How coincidental. I’m sure Valentine’s of original times resembles nothing we celebrate today, like most holidays.

  91. Sheryl Chan permalink
    24/02/2020 7:04 pm

    Such an uplifting and inspirational compilation. Thanks for the smiles you added this week!

  92. Cristina Varzan permalink
    25/02/2020 1:14 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed your article. Interesting info about Valentine’s that I didn’t know. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s as it has become way too commercial for our taste.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      25/02/2020 7:52 am

      Thank you. I agree

  93. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    25/02/2020 2:08 am

    It is strange that I am reading about heart health right at this moment when I am experiencing high blood pressure. I had to take a break from work and rest for a while until my blood pressure goes back to at least “near normal.” I love your writing, it is always informative and motivational.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      25/02/2020 7:52 am

      Please get yourself checked… HBP is a killer too.

      • Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
        27/02/2020 1:42 am

        Thank you Elizabeth. My doctor did not find anything that would be a cause of concern. He said my increased blood pressure was brought about by anxiety and depression (which I am going through right now.) 🙁

      • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
        27/02/2020 7:35 pm

        Sending healing hugs your way…

  94. Joan permalink
    25/02/2020 2:50 am

    Such a great post and I love the poems. Funny thing is I actually forgot about Valentine’s day this year, let’s just say that thanks to social media, I found out real quick.

  95. Lavern Moore permalink
    25/02/2020 3:14 am

    Thanks for pointing out the wonderfulness that is Black History month. It is my favorite month of the year!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      25/02/2020 7:51 am

      🙂

  96. aisasami permalink
    25/02/2020 4:54 am

    There are so many celebration and reminders during this month! Heart month is very personal to me as well as my grandma died of a heart attack due to smoking about 15 years ago. I try to keep my heart healthy (and stay away from alcohol and smoking), but also try to keep my body (especially my lungs, I feel that is the weakest organ in my body) fit and healthy.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      25/02/2020 7:51 am

      Sorry for your loss… it is important to stay healthy

  97. Luna S permalink
    25/02/2020 5:57 am

    The gardener poem you included is beautiful. Heart health month is important to us because my step-dad and both of his parents suffer from heart issues, my step-dad had a stroke when he was only 32 so we try to stay healthy and eat heart healthy foods.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      25/02/2020 7:50 am

      That is young but it can happen especially if there is a congenital defect.

  98. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    25/02/2020 7:23 am

    This was very insightful and great to read during the month of February!

  99. Bella permalink
    25/02/2020 9:23 am

    This was so helpful thank you so much for sharing your words so lovely!!

  100. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    25/02/2020 11:24 am

    We do not do a lot for Valentine’s Day. We do try our best to honor the spirit of Black History Month.

  101. busylady2020 permalink
    25/02/2020 1:13 pm

    I love the acknowledgement of Black History Month. It’s definitely time to celebrate.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:39 pm

      I’m glad you approve. 🙂

  102. Clarice permalink
    25/02/2020 2:43 pm

    These are interesting things to know about Valentines. I really had no idea about its history/ origins and I am happy to know something new today.

    We had a great time celebrating. Totally agree with you that self-care and loving others go hand in hand.

  103. Flossie permalink
    25/02/2020 2:47 pm

    I guess you’re right, there ARE a lot of special celebrations packed into February! I’d never thought of it that way. My daughter and I were actually researching the history of celebrating Valentine’s Day in the US for a school project earlier this month!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:38 pm

      Yes, a lot more than the norm. 🙂

  104. Tamara permalink
    25/02/2020 4:50 pm

    Such insightful information! You opened my eyes to what Valentine’s Day is all about!

  105. Ting permalink
    25/02/2020 5:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Great read.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:40 pm

      Please don’t thank me for sharing my post. A real comment would be appreciated. Ting. 🙁

  106. Raksha Nagaraj permalink
    25/02/2020 7:06 pm

    The poems are so beautiful and I love them. Such a great collection for the day of love.

  107. Christa Anne permalink
    25/02/2020 9:02 pm

    Langston Hughes is just incredible. I am blown away by his poetry each time I read it. What a wonderful inclusion into a powerful post.

  108. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    26/02/2020 12:08 am

    A month of celebration. It is also National Dental Health month in my country. As a dentist, it is quite festive.

    Anyway, I love Maya Angelou. I love the honesty and impact of her writing. The poem is so lovely.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:36 pm

      Thank you:)

  109. 26/02/2020 6:22 am

    Absolutely LOVE that poem by Maya Angelou. February is a packed month, so much going on in such a short time.

  110. Sarah M permalink
    26/02/2020 10:11 am

    We should not ignore our heart health. Simple life style changes can make big difference.

  111. Renee permalink
    26/02/2020 4:54 pm

    Such a heart warming post! Thank you

  112. Katy Liang permalink
    26/02/2020 5:31 pm

    What lovely tributes to the celebration of love!

  113. LifeMagHealth permalink
    26/02/2020 8:06 pm

    It’s a fun read, thank you so much for this!

  114. Suman D permalink
    27/02/2020 12:16 am

    Loved reading the poems. They are so inspirational and motivating.

  115. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    27/02/2020 1:49 am

    The heart is a muscular organ but as weird as it sounds, some people can die from a broken heart, literally. They go through something in life so hurtful that the “heart ceases to function,” just like shattering into pieces – exactly how we feel when relationships end. And to think that the heart is not a sensory organ!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      27/02/2020 7:34 pm

      Right…? amazing grace!

  116. Sarah Emery permalink
    27/02/2020 2:38 am

    I’m a fan of Valentine’s Day, and love this post.

  117. sincerelymissj permalink
    27/02/2020 2:53 am

    Thank you for this insightful video. So many gems in this post. Especially heart health.

  118. My Spiritual Shenanigans permalink
    27/02/2020 9:16 am

    So important that you touched upon congenital disease and the need to get tested. Such a beautiful soon to Valentine’s Day, the day of the heart! Kudos!

  119. amayszingblogs permalink
    28/02/2020 12:36 am

    This season of love is perfect time to express love to our parents love ones and friends but I believe love is not only for seasonal it’s perennial

  120. Mike A. permalink
    28/02/2020 2:23 am

    That Valentine’s Day poem was really cool.

  121. Janay @ https://justjournee.com/ permalink
    28/02/2020 10:53 am

    This was so informative and interesting. I had no idea so much happened in February. I love Maya Angelou and her poems!

  122. Marjie Mare permalink
    29/02/2020 11:41 am

    You always share the most beautiful poems and this post is another example. I am going to copy the poem, A Valentine by James Russell Lowell. The words touch my heart.

  123. Ann permalink
    29/02/2020 12:56 pm

    In Japan, Valentines day is celebrated but in a different way. The girl prepares chocolates or sweets to his partner, for male co workers. It’s Valentines for men and girls will receive the return on what they call as ‘White Day’.

  124. carriann909 permalink
    29/02/2020 5:04 pm

    Great read. Hope more people read!! Thanks for sharing.

  125. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    29/02/2020 11:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog article.I learned something new from it. Thanks again.

  126. Suanlian Tangpua permalink
    01/03/2020 12:46 am

    your post is always very motivational. That poem Still, I Rise almost make me cry …. it made my day.

  127. Lily permalink
    04/03/2020 7:46 pm

    Maya Angelo poems and quotes always touch me. Still I Rise gives me chills.

  128. Jessica Lathrop permalink
    21/03/2020 11:35 pm

    This is a great collection! (And I absolutely love Maya Angelou, but who doesn’t right?) <3 Thank you so much for putting this together!

  129. mariahkrystaldotcom permalink
    25/03/2020 6:49 pm

    I very rarely read poems anymore but the few you shared touched me, thanks

  130. Jeferson permalink
    28/03/2020 9:45 am

    The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.” Henry Miller…………So true…….Love is elusive……..but still worth pursuing……who knows…it will be perfect one day………

  131. Megan permalink
    29/03/2020 9:24 am

    I love reading poems! Still I Rise is my favorite one on here!

  132. Jessica Lathrop permalink
    29/03/2020 9:28 pm

    Great collection! I really love some of these poems, very inspiring.

  133. Danielle permalink
    30/03/2020 1:10 am

    I absolutely love the poem by Maya Angelou! Thank you so much for sharing.

  134. Monidipa permalink
    09/04/2020 1:47 pm

    I actually hear of this term Lupercalia from Sabrina TV series. I learnt the actual details right now. Crazy right? However being a fan of Maya Angelou poems and I’m glad u added her poem but on this occasion It just reminded me of one more poem by her. Black History. I’ll just quote the last stanza as its my favourite:

    We are weaned from our timidity
    In the flush of love’s light
    we dare be brave
    And suddenly we see
    that love costs all we are
    and will ever be.
    Yet it is only love
    which sets us free.

  135. blair villanueva permalink
    16/04/2020 6:19 pm

    I enjoyed reading the poem! Love is complicated, but I rather give love than just keeping it.

  136. WorldInEyes permalink
    19/05/2020 4:34 am

    As usual you have shared the wonderful poem, love to read the great lines …..
    O, let my land be a land where Liberty
    Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
    But opportunity is real, and life is free,
    Equality is in the air we breathe.

  137. Polly Amora permalink
    21/05/2020 4:38 am

    You’ve shared poems that are heartwarming. I love it!

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