‘Just allow love to be’

2019-02-14 06:01

Love and romance are the buzz words this week and month.

Many believers in the concept of Valentine’s Day are contemplating what they will do to show their affection to their loved ones today (Thursday 14 February).

Over the years, this day has also become synonymous with lovebirds hopping onto the ferry to Robben Island to tie the knot or renew their vows.

In recent times the date has had some grim associations. It is, for instance, the date jailed Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorious murdered his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

But it is a time when ordinary beings think up innovative, inexpensive ways of affirming their love to that special person in their lives.

Look no further. . . the recent unscheduled load shedding by Eish-kom has unintentionally, perhaps, provided us with the opportunity to create a romantic setting in our homes that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Imagine sitting across the table from your partner at a candlelit dinner, and then disaster strikes that is not your doing, but the result of circumstances beyond your control.

Hopefully this won’t be the case, and the evening will have the desired effects, transporting the lovebirds to a more romantic past, to the “good ol’ days”, a sliver of positivity and good amid the mess our country finds itself in.

Implementing load shedding earlier this week has left even President Cyril Ramaphosa shocked – pardon the pun – if media reports are anything to go by.

For me, this is a case of one man’s poison being another man’s gain!

But let’s get back to love nests; the love you share with someone may be just what that person needed, so don’t be scared to express your feelings. After all, the love bug is a beautiful thing, and when it hits you, you feel as if you’re on cloud nine, of course.

If you’re able to easily show rage, love can be even more easy to display.

As one renowned writer and poet William Shakespeare once said: “Love is not love which alters it when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove: Oh no! ’Tis an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken; it is the star to every wandering bark whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.”

Indeed! This may well have been written centuries ago, but it is still relevant and true in this day and age.

Love is thoroughly tested when challenges and dark days arrive, but it should remain intact until it sees the light again. No-one said there would be no hiccups in love, rather that one should soldier on, regardless.

It is those challenges you navigate through which strengthen your love, so take it on the chin, buckle down and journey to a better place – together.

After all, love is beautiful. Some even say love is blind. I say just let love be! Spread love to your loved ones, colleagues and neighbours today and every day. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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