I’m going to take a few moments off from writing about business culture to write about something more personal—Valentine’s Day.
According to the National Retail Federation, experts predict that consumer spending for Valentine’s Day will top $20 billion this year. And $1.7 billion of that will be buying 58 million pounds of chocolate!
Apparently, a few people still believe in taking a shot at Love. Either that or dentists are plotting a conspiracy to get themselves more business.
Of course, there are all sorts of Valentine’s Days. Everyone is familiar with Happy Valentine’s Day but there are many others:
- The dreaded Lonely-Hearts-Club Valentine’s Day.
- The unbelievable Break-Up with My Valentine’s Day.
- The angry I Hope You Rot-in-Hell Valentine’s Day.
- The cheating She Meant Nothing to Me Valentine’s Day.
Which probably spawned …
- The revenge-laden I’m Sleeping with Your Best-Friend Valentine’s Day.
And let’s not forget my personal favorite …
- The ever-optimistic No-You-Don’t-Look-Fat-in-That-Dress Valentine’s Day.
If Rodney Dangerfield was Cupid, he’d still be lamenting, “I don’t get no respect.”
Even when I was a kid in elementary school in the 1960s, Valentine’s Day was super-stressful. You went to class that day and found out for real how many kids actually liked you. There was none of this mandated “everyone gives everyone else” a Valentine’s Day card. And you really felt sorry for any kids who didn’t get many cards.
Sometimes, life is cruel.
Like the Nazareth song says, “Love Hurts.” There are thousands of songs about the pain of Love. Cupid may not get any respect, but Love, the original taskmaster itself, gets an inordinate amount of it. There is a lot of time spent on talking or lamenting about it.
I’ve seen or heard about a ton of that pain. And let me tell you when it comes to doling out pain in wholesale amounts, Love doesn’t discriminate or pay one iota of attention to race or faith or beauty or age.
I’ve seen Love at work. One time in a restaurant, I saw a man break up with his beautiful girlfriend. Actually, beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe her. I mean, she was crying, and she still made Charlize Theron look like Raggedy Ann.
Love takes no prisoners. It’s an atom bomb in a china shop. After it’s done with you, there’s nothing left.
I count myself as one of the lucky ones as I started dating my wife in junior high and we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary just last year. We’re more in love now than ever. Not that we both haven’t been wounded. Love always tries to tear your heart out, but if you persist through Love’s travails long enough Love will, albeit begrudgingly, hand out its reward to you.
It’s much easier to get that reward if you apply your genius traits to each other.
This is where I tie genius into Love. Think about it. If you’re in a relationship, imagine what it would be like to apply any of the 24 genius traits to your significant other.
Try it some time. Apply any genius trait to your relationship-partner. They’ll find it impossible to have an argument with you. Patience. Impossible to argue with. Outgoingness. Impossible to argue with. Enthusiasm. Optimism. Sense of Humor. See what I mean?
You can’t argue with a genius. Even on its best day of wreaking havoc and creating broken hearts, Love couldn’t beat a genius.
Applying the 24 characteristics of geniuses to not only Love but to all other areas of life is the key to a stress-free and happy life. Do that and I will guarantee you won’t be sorry.
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