Today, we are reminded of hearts because it’s Valentine’s Day, a holiday for couples to celebrate their love for one another. And the most well known symbol of this day is a heart.
Hearts have long been associated with romantic love. You have only one heart to pledge to another. Your life’s blood runs through your heart, and without it, you cannot live, just as many romantic poets say one who loses the love of their life cannot live without them.
Hearts are said to beat faster when someone is attracted to another. Hearts are said to skip a beat when it’s love at first sight. Hearts flutter, hearts thump in our chests, and you can be tender hearted over love. But hearts can also break when love is lost.
Hearts are a symbol of love — and life’s — fragility. It is said that if you don’t appreciate and nurture your love, it will die.
Poets and writers, Popes and prophets, have written about romantic love through the ages. From William Shakespeare to Mark Twain, love and hearts have been intertwined for hundreds of years.
Today the symbol is little more than decoration for many. Chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Heart shaped jewelry. Greeting cards, gift bags, candy hearts and more.
But at least for today, remember that the heart was chosen as a symbol of love because of its importance to life. It’s not just a shape, it’s the very essence of love.
Happy Valentine’s Day.