Fantastic Friday #002 – It’s Valentines Day!

Welcome to the new Fantastic Friday series from Not Just CAD!

Every Friday, I will post you a tip or trick you can use in AutoCAD, Revit, PlanGrid, and/or other CAD and BIM tools from Autodesk that will allow you to have a fantastic Friday feeling before the weekend!

OR, as it’s Valentine’s Day today, a simple history lesson and a message to all of you.

So here goes…..Fantastic Friday #002.

According to Wikipedia: –

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution. The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady)”.

No CAD or BIM stuff today, just an insight into why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. That’s why the blog is called Not Just CAD! Just sometimes, I talk about things other than CAD and BIM workflows!

So, wherever you are, whomever you’re with; family, a loved one, a new love, make sure you love them. I lost a very close relative last summer, and there will always be that twinge of regret that I did not do everything I wanted to do for them. Sure, you might be at work, but give them a call, send them a text or an email, or better still, stop by on your way home. You don’t have to be romantically involved with them. It could be a parent, a sibling, or just a really close friend you haven’t seen for a while.

Have a beer, have a glass or two, and just celebrate that connection you have, because one day, one of you won’t be there.

It’s not a rehearsal. Enjoy EVERY second while you can.

It’s Valentine’s Day. It’s Friday. Be fantastic. 😉


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