The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition in the third century. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? There are many stories of a man named Valentine from that era, and they are all related to his support of love in the face of oppression or conflict.
To me, the history of Valentine’s day is not nearly as important as the opportunities it provides us to reinforce our feelings for those who are important in our lives. With life’s hectic pace it can also be opportunities missed, and I would bet that you have, or know someone who has, missed an important date with a loved one. I can speak from experience, and I have learned my lesson!
Here is a great quote from Helen Keller—"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”. Now think about the greatest impact others have had on you, and I believe it will be rooted in how they made you feel. It could be things they said or did, but the real impact is how it made you feel. At Collier Wealth Management, we recognize that Investment Consulting is important for those we serve, but is not adequate in and of itself to achieve feelings of security, financial health, and trust. That is why we serve our clients with a robust wealth management process focused on simplifying lives, retirement planning, and legacy preservation.
So with Valentine’s day of 2019, I encourage you to focus on the feelings of those you love as your ultimate goal, and you will be remembered far longer than just words and actions that don’t impact feelings. I also pray that your feelings will be positively impacted by those who love you.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”– Lao Tzu
“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age”– Anais Nin