I will always love you

Since I got the text in the early hours of Sunday morning the refrain of this song made famous by Whitney Houston keeps going through my head. I have deliberately kept away from reading the news as I expect there will be two distinct perspectives to her death. The one scathing in it's judgement of her battle with drugs and addiction, the other defiantly holding on to the nostalgia produced by her amazing voice and music.

So, I am reminded of these words of scripture "Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

I am sure there are those among Whitney's family and friends who never gave up and 'will always love her' . As in our lives, we too may have people we love with whom we must be ever hopeful.

Today is Valentines day and it's not all flowers, cards and chocolate for everyone. It is however a great day to evaluate our definition of love to ourselves and to others.

I find that it is a considerable challenge to achieve our goals if we don't love ourselves enough to try. And even when we do, to succeed in life calls for us to go beyond ourselves and love others too.

What goals do you want to achieve this year? Check that they fit in with an overall vision for your life and of those important to you. Do the goals represent what and who you value the most? Goals should not just be SMART or SMARTER, they should also be rooted in love. At least that's what I think.....

Here is to a Happy Valentines day, however you are celebrating it.