February, who are you really? Its cold out but it’s trying to be warm, then you take us back into the deep freeze, then it melts, gets cold again and now for the ice...who doesn’t love walking or driving on ice rinks? Yes, February weather is challenging. In February the scenery just looks dingy and dirty, its kind of represents our mood. We are all getting tired of sweater weather, we are so tired of hearing ourselves complain about the weather, we are tired of eating soup, and we have watched all the best shows on Netflix. We are looking for the season to change...for our moods to improve just like the weather promises.
February is a moody month, highs and lows...first you bring us “Ground Hog Day" I believe this is disappointment training.
Should we hang our future happiness on a rodent? Let’s be real for a moment… 2020 was a never-ending Groundhog Day.
What is Ground Hog Day? Who came up with this? Below is some information I found on this topic.
According to Wikipedia the Germans had “Candlemas” Badger Day on February 2nd and the Pennsylvania Dutch took this tradition using the same principle but with a gopher instead of a badger and a chose a longer term. Instead of 4 weeks they chose 6 weeks. So, on February 2nd everything hinges on if he (Balzac Billy, the Prairie prophet, who is actually a man-sized groundhog mascot. He predicts the weather on Groundhog Day from Balzac, Alberta – all other groundhogs are actual gophers this one is a man). If he sees his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter. Fun right...sure, we can get excited about the prospect of an early spring… or disappointed that we have 6 more weeks of this. There are a few moods here.
Winter isn’t officially over till March 20th which is about 6 weeks away. So do we need really need the emotional turmoil this causes us?
Now February brings a little love into the mix with VALENTINES DAY!!! It’s a not an official holiday and no one gets a day off. Sure, maybe it’s great if you’re in love (there seems to be a lot of pressure… to do, to say, to get and to give the right thing). I believe one of my love languages is having a long weekend.
Okay what if you’re not “in love” does this day have to be terrible… the marketing geniuses have given us many options for this day that has become a romantic celebration… No wife, husband, lover, bestie, no worries you can share Valentine’s with your pet if you’re single; or Valentine’s with your plant if your single without a pet or celebrate with your plants and pet if you have both!! Awesome right. Then there the “Love yourself” …. this is for everyone , its an all inclusive. Mood should be one of acceptance with no pressure.
Can we just take a moment and talk about what love isn’t? Love isn’t about a material item. Love isn’t commercial. What love is, is an intense feeling of deep affection. You don’t have to buy something, to give something to feel loved. Love is about the willingness to prioritize another’s well-being or happiness above your own. Love is more than a card; love is an action and actions speak louder than words.
I am not saying that if it makes you happy to celebrate Valentines Day buying a gift for yourself or someone else to show your love - go for it! Do you, but if that's not your style then don’t, no pressure. Love is a feeling resulting in an action, not a thing. You should feel good.
Agape is another word Christians use for the word love. It is the fatherly love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocated love for God. Agape love is the highest form of love. Love is all- consuming, empowering and lives in each one of us. Our heart is the symbol of the love that reside in us, and God is the symbol of the love that reflects down on earth. The word love is through out the bible, love is what binds us together against hate and dishonesty. Love is what keeps us from fighting with our enemies and attacking those we disagree with. The key with love is trusting in our God, being faithful to our partners, our families, being kind and patient with the world around us.
February is also inspiring as it brings us Black History Month, this is a time to honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. It is also a time to continue conversations about social activism, antiracism, racial injustice and the inequality of people of colour. It is a time for those of us who have lived a privileged life to learn, own our part and do better. This isn't about me. Black lives matter more than white feelings. Mood should be reflective, patient, honest and full of love. We are called to love one another it is the most important rule.
'Jesus replied, ‘This rule is the most important rule: “Listen, everyone from Israel 's families. The Lord, our God, is the only Lord. You should love the Lord, your God completely: Love him with all your mind. Love him with all that you are. Love him in all that you think and all that you do.” The second most important rule is this: “You should love other people as much as you love yourself.” No other rules are as important as these two.’
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
'Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.’
Our purpose is to be good humans to other humans, to love well without limit, fear, or judgement. LOVE MORE.
Let’s remember our purpose is to make a difference in this world by boldly representing God’s goodness in all that we do.
February moods are exactly what we need. Go play in the snow, wear layers to work with the temperature swings, eat some chocolate if your heart desires, show someone you love them (especially yourself) and read a good book or listen to an inspirational podcast to learn more about how to effect change positively. As always LOVE MORE.