"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
"How do we know if sound exists if no one is there to hear it?"
Lisa Simpson's use of Buddhist koan may have been used to clear Bart's mind before his mini golf tournament against Todd Flanders, but it also speaks to our human desire to be heard and seen by the people we love.
The people we love have the power to make us laugh and cry--they especially have a knack of driving us crazy. They make mistakes, sometimes big ones. But they always manage to come through in a big way just when we least expect it. The people we love know about and accept all of our beautiful flaws despite our own self deprecating criticism.
These people are our spouses, our parents, our children, grandparents, friends and mentors. Our world would not be complete without them. We love them for who they are and for who they wish to be. (Yes I just went Jerry Maguire on you!) They serve as witnesses to our lives--sharing in our joy and our sorrow; in our greatest fears and in our greatest aspirations.
So this February, in addition to the flowers and chocolates (no nougat for me please!) I invite you to be the love; to be the witness for you and your loved ones.