All you need is Love - Love is all you need

A Valentine for Family and Friends

May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known,
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation
with optimism and courage.

Always know that there are those
whose love and understanding
will always be there
even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others
to believe in a world of peace.
May a kind word, a reassuring touch,
a warm smile, be yours every day of your life,
and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
Teach love to those who know hate,
and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire
become part of you,
so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched
and who have touched yours are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less
than you would have wished.

May you not become too concerned
with material matters, but instead place
immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the beauty
and love in the world around you.
Realize that each person has limitless abilities,
but each of us is different in our own way.

What you may feel you lack in one regard
may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present
may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future
as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything
as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength
to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent on another's judgments
of your accomplishments.
May you always feel loved.

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To Richie,

Thought that I should write something about love since it is Valentine's Day. But life is so different for me now.  From the time you were born, you became a reason for my existence. The first time I touched your face, I understood what unconditional love was all about. It is a love that surpasses all others in our lives. It seems like only yesterday that I held your hand as you crossed the street. I remember helping you write your first Valentine card to a sweet Second grader and how proud you were as you carried them to class. Glimpses of you flirt with my mind everyday and make me smile. And at times they also cause me great sadness. I wish that I could have bottled some of that hardy laughter you had and open it up when I feel down. But I have my memories to see me through. Those were beautiful and precious times that I will treasure forever. 

So, on this Valentine's Day Rich, I want to send you my love. Even though you are not physically here with me, my love for you remains as strong and protective as the first day I held you in my arms. And I just wanted to let you know...your precious memories will always be there to warm my heart and enlighten my spirit. And of all the things that I have received in this life none are as precious as the smiles you give my heart. 

Happy Valentine's Day Richie.
With all my love,

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