St. Valentine’s Day made its way across the pond. In my youth, I felt the pressure to have some form of validation whether it was bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates to show the world I was loved.
I’m glad I grew up.
Is Love All You Need?
This Valentines Day I did not receive a card, roses, or a dinner invitation. What I received was witnessing my husband, Jörg, extend a loving hand to feed others. His actions warmed my heart.
What Does Valentine's Day In A Refugee Camp Look Like?
Jörg spent this Valentines Day serving lunch to about 100 refugees who are temporarily residing in a school gymnasium. They live in partitioned sections with hardly any privacy. There is no TV, Internet or any type of entertainment. It is quiet dreary. Not exactly the place to be if you want to feel amorous on St. Valentine’s Day.
Is The Word Love The Same In All Cultures?
Is there more to love than just romance? Real love can take on different forms of expression depending on its cultural value.
When it came to describing love, the Greeks had six words to express different variations of love: There is romantic, sexual love; love of a deep friendship; love for playfulness such as bantering with your buddies; love between a long standing relationship; love of humanity; and self love.
How Can One Person Make A Difference?
Jörg expressed his love of mankind by giving dignity to these refugees. Most of the inhabitants were Syrian women and children. He dished out food and helped clean the kitchen in order that these people meet the basic requirements of Maslow’s hierarchy of survival: physiological and safety.
What Do All People Need To Survive?
The physiological needs are food, clothing, air and water. The safety needs are a society free of war, natural disasters, or human abuse. Without these essential needs, a person falls prey to depression, anxiety and even death.
It was a small effort in a sea of a humanitarian crisis.
What Would A Refugee Want For Valentine's Day?
I bet these people would’ve loved spending Valentine’s Day with their families back in Syria. But their home is a war torn wasteland.
I am sure they just wanted someone to give them flowers and tell them the world is a good, safe place.
Do We All Have The Same Basic Feelings?
Humans have an instinctive desire to feel loved, wanted and needed in a community.
Having lived in five different countries, I know what it is like being a foreigner. These people desperately need not only compassion but also acceptance into society.
Taking care of these refugees is an overwhelming task for the volunteers, government, and private organizations that manage the camps. There doesn’t seem to be a real solution at hand on how to integrate them into German society.
What Is The Greatest Gift of All?
Joerg’s spending the day caring for people less fortunate than we are demonstrated a selfless type of love which builds the most important type of love: self-love.
Valentine’s Day is marketed around the world selling us on the ideals of courtly love. In the past, I enjoyed receiving flowers and cards from my family on Valentine’s Day. Today, I am willing to give up my own egotistical needs in order that some one else can have a proper meal and warm bed.
What Is Love?
Love is giving back to the world and making it a safe place.
Over To You
How do you express your love to others? How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? I’d like to hear your what you think. Please leave a comment below.