Valentine’s Day is coming, and I haven’t been hugged since March 4, 2020. No boyfriend hugs, no people hugs. I know many others suffering from hug deprivation as well.
So, for those of us in isolation, how do we celebrate the big day? No romantic dinners, no snuggly evenings together. For those who have lost loved ones and are grieving, no celebration, either. Yet one thing we can all do is celebrate love itself.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I decided to think back on where I have seen LOVE in my last year of isolation and to celebrate LOVE IN ACTION.
I think of the huge amount of love that our healthcare workers have shown. That kind of love is unconditional love, as they lay their lives on the line to care for those with Covid and other medical issues. Medical love in action.
I think about watching the demonstrations on tv, as people marched in the streets in support of Black Lives Matter. Fair and equal love in action.
I remember looking at my doctors and even my physical therapist through a Zoom screen, and how challenging it was for them, some of whom had small kids at home in the background. Family love in action.
I think of the sacrifices of our essential workers, and while many of them may not love their jobs, they have still thrown their all into their work, showing love in action by keeping groceries and other places open. Essential love in action.
I think about the friends who have offered to get things for me, knowing that I am immunocompromised, about the neighbors I didn’t know who have checked on me to see if I needed anything. Neighborly love in action.
I picture the friendly faces of the workers who delivered medicines to my door, most of them with a kind word and a greeting. Delivery love in action.
I remember all the anxious Zoom faces from our church services throughout the last year, and how we all greet each other and talk over each other excitedly before the worship service starts. God’s love in action.
I think about some of the groups I have attended online and how we laugh and cry together. Shared love in action.
I think about how I learned to watch movies with friends through Netflix thanks to new technology, and how we chat throughout the movies in the chat box. Fun love in action.
I remember joining a Zoom to be present in the courtroom when my dear friends formally adopted two boys and how I had tears in my eyes watching online from across the country. Big love in action.
I admire the bookshelves carefully decorated in the background of professionals’ Zooms as they give the news, report on Covid stats, or broadcast their tv shows. Decorator Love in Action.
And I sadly remember all those who share their grief and hold memorial services on Zoom as they say good-bye to loved ones through video. Painful love in action.
This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to celebrate all the ways you have seen Love in Action in the last year. Write them down, talk with friends about how they’ve seen Love in Action, and make plans for how you can practice Love in Action and how you can pay forward all the love you have been shown this year.
We all need more love, so let’s plan to carry it on throughout this year, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, 2021. Give Love in Action.