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Today is Valentine’s Day.

It’s a special day for Karen and I because it was on Valentine’s Day 16 years ago that we started dating.

We’ve certainly been blessed in our relationship and we have now been married for over 14 years and have three great kids.

As I think about relationships on this day I’m reminded of the story of the married man who went to see a marriage counselor.

“I don’t feel any love for my wife anymore.”  he confessed to the therapist.

The therapist looked at him and asked, “When was the last time you acted in love for her?”

“It doesn’t really matter because I don’t feel anything for her anymore.”

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Two porcupines

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Paulo Coelho tells the story about when the Ice Age came and porcupines had to find a way to survive.

At first they decided to group together to keep warm and protect one another.

Unfortunately, their spiky quills made it uncomfortable to stay in such close proximity, so they dispersed.

Of course, this left them exposed to the elements and they started to freeze to death until they realised that they needed to make a significant choice.

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