Februarius – this is the original Latin term for the month of February derived from februare which means to purify and expiate or amend. Historically speaking, Februarius was the "Month of Purification" in ancient Rome where great festivities were held to reestablish the empire's focus on righteous living.
Perhaps it is this association that February has evolved into the month of love. For what better way can there be to righteous living than the ways of Love? This is after all the month where we are unashamedly allowed to be mushy and sentimental in celebrating Love in all forms and seasons.
So for once, in the spirit of Love, in this month of Feb-ibig (Feb-love), allow me to remind all of you, my dear Bicol University family, that as we show our love for our University through our heartfelt and dedicated service, let us not forget to be gentle with ourselves. As we care for one another and for our respective units and workplaces, let us remember that we, too, need to be cared for, and loved. The old adage, all work and no play makes a dull man and woman, is indeed, true. The world revolves by seasons and cycles; so should we. So friends, find time to recharge, and be renewed both in mind and spirit. Find time; for there is really a time for everything, if you do make time. You owe it yourself and to Bicol University to love yourself so that you can serve better and go the many extra-miles needed for people like us who bear the brunt of great responsibilities.
Finally, let us work with Love.
“And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,
even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
Work is love made visible.”(Khalil Gibran, The Prophet)
Happy Season of the Heart!