My quirky sense of humour can get the best of me … Life is too short to take things too seriously. I wanted to write well on the theme of love, but the line “What’s love got to do with it?” kept popping into my head. February has been seen as the “Love” month for as long as I can remember. But my curiosity wondered why the Co-op store back in Manitoba also had Feb as Apple month. Why would you feature apples after five months in cold storage? While trying to find out if Apples are still featured, I checked out a website for National Awareness Themes, and Love did not officially make it on the February list, although it appears to be an American based list. Canadians do have a few of their own themes—Heart and Stroke Foundation promotes Feb as Heart awareness month. Home base for love is the heart, although it may not be the literal pumping muscular organ. One disturbing statistic found on the Heart and Stroke website is that:
“Every 7 minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke” (Statistics Canada, 2011c).
Although love covers a multitude of sins (isn’t that scriptural?) it may not clean out your arteries. So if an apple a day keeps the doctor away, perhaps a hug a day, may keep the love flowing. It is sad to me that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death. I wonder how that statistic would translate for the spiritual heart?
My wish is that I will Live every day of my life, not merely be alive. And loving is a healthy exercise for the heart.
If your curiosity is piqued read the featured themes for the month of Feb. While we are inundated with things we need to be aware of, take heart, you don’t have to try to remember any of these themes.
So “What’s love got to do with it?”
Everything, “the earth is full of his unfailing love.” Ps 33:5 NIV.
Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion. Abraham Cowley
February is known as:
Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month
Black History Month
Body Awareness Month (I am quite aware my body ain’t working the way it used to.)
Electrical Safety Awareness Month (Not sure how to plug into that one.)
Heart Disease Awareness Month (Heart And Stroke in Canada)
Heartworm Awareness Month (for the dogs)
Low Vision Awareness Month (If you can’t read this one press where?)
National Cancer Prevention Month
National National Awareness Month Awareness Month (Is that like a double negative?)
National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month
Safety Awareness Month
School-Based Health Center Awareness Month
Sinus Pain Awareness Month (March just wasn’t good enough for them…They moved)
Termite Awareness Month (I would prefer not to be aware of termites)
While running late may not qualify for cardio, showing love after Valentine’s Day is good for everyone’s heart.
3 thoughts on “What’s Love Got to do with it? Feb is Apple Month”
Loving grandchildren is great for the heart as you know. Another grandchild on the way, this time my daughter in August. I am thrilled for her and for me as I love being a grandmother.
I was unaware (smile) there were so many awareness themes each month. I think I heard a bit of an echo in your “National National Awareness Month Awareness Month” (quirky sense of humour?). Just discovered that February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Is it just me or does it say how far we’ve fallen that a) we have to have this awareness at all and b) it’s the same month as Valentine’s day? (PS: Love the photo with you and your grandson)
>> Hi Joc! It’s February 27th and I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you. I gave your book to a friend who passed it on to another friend, who lost her 16 year old very talented and beloved son, when he took his own life, almost 4 years ago. She, her husband and their other son are all trying to live with their pain and emptiness. I went to see her today and she had just started reading your book. She noted immediately that the day she started reading was February 27th. She wanted me to let you know that she Is only a few pages in and has already taken some notes, for herself and to share with others. She is working on a book of her son’s life and his art and her journey through this, hoping that by the time she comes to the end, she will have some words of hope and inspiration to share with others, words she can’t find now. Your book resonates with several grieving people I have given it to. Your blog brings inspiration and hope. Even so, I know there are probably days in which you wonder where the words are to heal your own heart. Sending you my heartfelt empathy and appreciation. Love, Kate
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